Bacchus Management Group (Spruce, The Village Pub) has opened The Saratoga at 1000 Larkin in the Tenderloin. The restaurant and bar showcases the group's signature touch of vintage glamour, with library shelves and mohair walls offset by brick and steel accents and period art. Food evokes an early-1900s rustic sophistication, including dishes such as dry-aged Flannery New York steak au poivre and chicken paillard, and more playful fare like a high-end burger and hot dog plates from chef de cuisine Jason Wittek. Brandon Clements oversees the bar and cocktail program, which is heavy on Chartreuse, Pimm's, Fernet and Benedictine, as well as bourbon, Scotch and rye. Look for the Boothby Bowl cocktails for groups. The Saratoga, 1000 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-932-6464.
Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto, owners of Kenzo Estate, have opened Kenzo restaurant in Napa. The Japanese restaurant is helmed by executive chef Hiroyuki Kanda of Kanda restaurant in Tokyo. Kenzo, 1339 Pearl St., Napa, CA 94559, 707-294-2049.
Opened in late summer 2016 in the former St. Vincent space on Valencia, Barzotto restaurant and pasta bar offers specialty house-made pastas and a short list of mains and desserts from Flour + Water veteran chef Michelle Minori. The space is Italian white with an industrial feel, accented in tile and marble, and Minori's kitchen is partially glass-enclosed and open to view. Though the restaurant has a dressed-up, modern feel, diners order at the counter, and reservations are not accepted. The full menu, including bottled beer and wine, is available for take-out or delivery, and retail options include dried and fresh pastas, sauces and gelati. Lunch & Dinner daily. Barzotto, 1270 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-285-1200.
Eve's Waterfront has opened in Oakland's Jack London Square, featuring indoor and al fresco waterfront dining and a full bar. The attractive space includes floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, midcentury modern wood accents, waterside deck dining and a vintage, oceanfront feel throughout. Chef is Bruce Paton, a Clift Hotel vet with a special interest in beer pairings, whose menu will focus on seafood but also propose rich modern American dishes such as foie gras torchon sliders and roasted duck with mascarpone grits. Of special note is the ample free parking. Dinner Thurs.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Eve's Waterfront, 15 Embarcadero West, Oakland , CA 94607, 510-817-4477.
Since its late-summer 2016 opening, Tim Luym's Buffalo Theory has settled in nicely on Polk Street. The casual neighborhood restaurant and bar calls itself a "new American beer hall," though Luym's cuisine sets it apart. The former executive chef of Poleng Lounge (now closed) mixes bold flavors, often inspired from his native Philippines, into standout plates that pair well with the 30 craft beers on tap. Look for the restaurant's football-friendly Sunday Funday menu, featuring specials such as crispy adobo wings, five-spice wings, sisig and grits and a big ol' meatball sub. Buffalo Theory, 1735 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-829-8226.
The Morris is located in the former Slow Club space on Mariposa Street, near Potrero Hill. The bistro is an interesting one for industry and other folks in the know --- it's the debut restaurant of Paul Einbund, a favorite local sommelier, current beverage director at Frances and former sommelier and partner at Daniel Patterson's Coi. Chef is Gavin Schmidt, previously chef de cuisine of Coi, as well as executive chef of Campton Place, San Diego's Blanca and Walnut Creek's Corners Tavern. Despite its lofty leadership, the dinner-only spot, named for Einbund's late father, aims to be a "warm neighborhood restaurant" focused on community. The Morris, 2501 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-612-8480.
Manresa Bread Now Available For Nationwide Delivery
Manresa Bread, the Los Gatos bakery conceived by Manresa baker Avery Ruzicka, will begin shipping artisan breads, granola, Verve coffee and other products nationwide on November 22, 2016. Two-day (or less) deliveries include four loaves chosen from a menu that includes the levain, pumpernickel buckwheat rye and pullman loaf, and instructions on storing and rewarming the bread. Visit here for pricing and to place an order. Manresa Bread, 276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408-402-5372.
Thursday "Night Owl" Series at The Dorian
Along with its weekday happy hour (Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring dollar oysters and half-off full bottles of rosé and Champagne), The Dorian has a Thursday "night owl" series of specials. Beginning at 10 p.m., guests can enjoy "old-fashioned drinks at old-fashioned prices," including martinis, old fashioneds and Champagne cocktails for just $5 each until 2 a.m. The Dorian, 2001 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-814-2671.
Full Bar at District
Formerly-wine-only District in San Francisco (there is a second location in Oakland) now features a full bar with a focus on whiskey. The new drinks menu includes more than 60 small-batch bourbons, Scotches and ryes. Also on offer are tequila, mezcal, Cognac, Armagnac and a new menu of signature and classic cocktails. Beverage director Caterina Mirabelli's extensive wine program will remain intact, with more than 40 by the glass and a large private reserve collection. Executive chef Bob Cina's refreshed menu of small plates will now include a house-made charcuterie plate paired with a whiskey flight. District, 216 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-896-2120.
Seven Nights of Saison
Saison has expanded dinner service to seven nights a week, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saison, 178 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-828-7990.
Name Change Only for Spaghetti Bros.
After several months in business, Spaghetti Bros. has changed its name to Maybeck's --- for the sole reason that the name did not fit the seasonal NorCal cuisine concept. All other details will remain the same, including the menu (which does include some pasta dishes, but not exclusively). Maybeck's, 3213 Scott St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-400-8500.
Chef Jason Franey has moved on from Restaurant 1833 in Monterey to open a restaurant in the Bay Area. Stepping in is executive sous chef Mikey Adams. Restaurant 1833, 500 Hartnell St., Monterey, CA 93940, 831-643-1833.
After nine years of brisk business, Ozumo sushi restaurant in Oakland closed with a "kampai" goodbye dinner party November 19, 2016. The San Francisco location of Ozumo remains open. Ozumo, 2251 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
Stylish Mexican enclave La Urbana closed abruptly on November 16, 2016. The restaurant opened in September 2013. No word yet on what will fill the available space. La Urbana, 661 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117, no phone.
Merigan Sub Shop closed after service October 8, taking with it some of the best East-Coast-style sandwiches San Francisco had to offer. On the restaurant's Facebook page, chef-owner Liza Shaw (A16) cites, "We had a clear and noble vision, and stuck to it, sometimes to a fault." We are sad to see the shop go. Merigan Sub Shop, 636 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
Citizen's Band has closed. The diner-style restaurant was known for upscale versions of nostalgic favorites. Citizen's Band, 1198 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
Volta has closed. The French-Scandinavian brasserie from Perbacco chef Staffan Terje was one of the finer options located inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre. Volta, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 868 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
All locations of longtime vegetarian go-to Herbivore have now closed. The Mission District flagship, opened in 1997, followed its younger Divisadero Street and Berkeley sister outposts and closed its doors after service on August 22, 2016. Herbivore, 983 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar in Mid-Market is closed. Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar, 1355 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
Second Act Marketplace, a food hall on Haight Street in the former Red Vic theatre, has shuttered. Second Act Marketplace, 1727 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117, no phone.
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