Modern Hawaiian enclave 'āina is now open in Dogpatch, serving a brunch menu Wednesday through Sunday. Chef Jordan Keao was raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, and brings updated favorites such as malasadas, Spam musubi and loco moco, updated with local ingredients. There is also a list of loophole cocktails, beer and wine. Brunch Wed.-Sun. 'āina, 900 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-814-3815.
Chef Ryan Scott of Top Chef fame will open a new restaurant on Market Street in the Castro this fall. Called Finn Town, the venue will be modeled on the classic American tavern, with a nod to San Francisco’s history during the Gold Rush. Dinner will be offered nightly until late, and there will also be weekend brunch. Finn Town, 2251 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114, No phone.
Chef/restaurateur Michael Mina will open a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at 350 Mission Street. A name for the project has not yet been announced.
The Dock at the Lake Chalet Now Open, Plus Happy Hour
The Dock at the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill on Oakland’s Lake Merritt is now open for the summer season. In addition to serving food and cocktails in the sunny outdoor space, the restaurant will also launch a new happy hour Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. and then later in the evening from 9 p.m.–close. The happy hour menu includes snacks, cocktails, wine and beer specials. Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-208-5253.
Food Truck Festivities
Off the Grid food truck market has returned to Fort Mason for a new season of eats, drinks, wine and games. Every Friday night from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. until October, check out more than 25 food truck vendors serving everything from tacos to dumplings to barbecue. Additionally, Rye on the Road will be on hand with cocktails, and live music keeps the scene hopping. Off the Grid Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd. Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-339-5888.
At the end of August 2016, chef Jason Franey will move on from Restaurant 1833 in Monterey to open a restaurant in the Bay Area. Stepping in will be executive sous chef Mikey Adams. Restaurant 1833, 500 Hartnell St., Monterey, CA 93940, 831-643-1833.
Trevor Kunk has left his executive chef position at Press in St. Helena. Press, 587 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, CA 94574, 707-967-0550.
Max Mackinnon has taken over as chef at Mason Pacific, which recently re-opened after suffering a kitchen fire. Mason Pacific, 1358 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-374-7185.
NINEBARK, the Napa restaurant and rooftop bar and lounge with chef Matthew Lightner, is temporarily closed as of July 31, 2016. NINEBARK, 813 Main St., Napa, CA 94559, 707-226-7821.
Casa Cubana in Oakland has been replaced by Izzy's Steak & Chop House. Casa Cubana, 59 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
Jason Fxo's Casual Cal-Med restaurant Oro at 8 Mint Plaza has closed. Oro, 8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
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