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April 2013 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Since restaurateur Anna Weinberg and chef Jennifer Puccio teamed up to open SoMa's modern, market driven brasserie Marlowe in 2010, their success has been unstoppable. Their second restaurant, Park Tavern on Washington Square in North Beach, opened in late 2011, and has remained a hot ticket ever since. Now the duo are venturing into the Union Square area with The Cavalier, a posh-yet-approachable London-style restaurant and lounge inside the new Hotel Zetta San Francisco. The restaurant is designed by Ken Fulk, and will feature an all-day menu of brasserie cuisine. The Cavalier has an opening target of late summer 2013. The Cavalier, Hotel Zetta, 55 Fifth St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
 
Roka Akor will open in June at the corner of Montgomery and Jackson streets in San Francisco's Jackson Square. The steak, sushi and seafood restaurant will focus on Japanese-style robata charcoal cooking and feature extensive wine, whiskey, premium saké and sochu lists. The contemporary space is nearly 8,700 square feet, and will comprise a 118-seat dining room orbiting the robata grill (where ten diners can opt for ringside seats), and a sophisticated bar and lounge with seating for 68. Leading the drinks menu is Daniel Hyatt, formerly of The Alembic. Executive chef is Roman Petry, who has worked at Zuma in London and Hong Kong and Roka Akor in Scottsdale. (There is a third Roka Akor in Chicago, and one coming to Skokie, Ill., later this year.) Dinner nightly. Roka Akor, 801 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94133, no phone.
 
Michael Chiarello has opened Coqueta in San Francisco (Photo by Phil Harvey) NorCal celeb chef Michael Chiarello (Bottega) has brought his signature style down from the Napa Valley to San Francisco with the high-profile opening of Coqueta on Pier 5. Chiarello's new waterfront restaurant (formerly Lafitte), opened April 13, 2013, and features Spanish cuisine, focusing on dishes from Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque region. A ten-seat tapas bar, 56-seat cocina dining area centered near the open kitchen and wood-fired grill, dramatic main dining room with 18-foot ceilings and bay-facing windows, glass-enclosed cocktail terrace and 16-seat outdoor patio are some of the highlights. A large communal table astride two authentic bull hides sits at the center of the main dining room, and waitstaff sport gaucho vests. Daily lunch coming soon. Dinner nightly. Coqueta, Pier 5, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-704-8866.
 
Spacious downtown Berkeley eatery BUILD Pizzeria Roma opened on April 16, 2013. On offer: personal, wood-fired, Roman-style pizzas customized for each diner, led by chef Brian Langevin, a vet of Tony Gemignani's Pizza Rock in Sacramento. Diners choose the dough, sauce and toppings on a production line, pay at the counter, and the gourmet size pizzas are fired and brought to the table. Ingredients are seasonal, organic and locally sourced, and gluten-free dough is available. The wide, high, contemporary space features room for 120 diners, and also boasts a roomy bar and lounge area with sofa seating. Along with the specialty pizzas, a high-end Italian small plates menu from chef de cuisine Clara Yun (Aqua, The Dorchester in London) augments the menu, as do 16 local craft beers and a notable 15 Northern California wines on tap as well as bottles. Scott Beattie consulted on the cocktail list. Look for lunch service to begin soon. Dinner nightly. BUILD Pizzeria Roma, 2286 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-898-1839.
 

News Bytes

Expanded Brunch at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana's executive chef Diego Oka has expanded the brunch menu, debuting a range of new entrées that merge cutting-edge creativity with a rich, diverse culinary heritage. Read more on GAYOT's blog. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Pier 1 1/2, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-397-8880.
 
Spice Route Program at E&O Asian Kitchen
E&O Asian Kitchen features a new Spice Route program --- in which, every month until September, the Union Square restaurant will add to its regular pan-Asian menu one savory dish, one sweet dish and one handcrafted cocktail based on a particular spice traditionally associated with the ancient Asian Spice Route. April's is black pepper; May's is turmeric; June's is cardamom; July's is ginger; August's is star anise. Read more on GAYOT's blog. E&O Asian Kitchen, 314 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-693-0303.
 

Chef Shuffle

The French Laundry - credit Deborah Jones Thomas Keller's The French Laundry has a new chef de cuisine in David Breeden, formerly executive sous chef of Keller's Per Se in New York City. The French Laundry's current chef de cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth will pursue his own projects in Los Angeles. Hollingsworth has been with the restaurant since 2001, and has been chef de cuisine since 2009. Breeden first started with Keller at The French Laundry as a chef de partie in 2005, before moving to Per Se in 2007, where he rose to sous chef after two years. Before 2005, Breeden, a native of Tennessee, worked at Charleston Grill, the Woodlands Resort & Inn and McCrady's. The French Laundry, 6640 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599, 707-944-2380.
 

Closings

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