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April 2016 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The Barbary Coast is now open in North Beach, serving dinner, brunch and beverages. The menu is meaty, comfortable pub food, including a burger with an optional foie gras accompaniment, as well as chicken wings and pizzas. There is also a selection of freshly-shucked oysters and salads. The beverage selections include beer, cocktails and wine --- including three sparkling wines available by the glass. The comfortable patio offers outdoor seating. Dinner Nightly, Brunch Fri.-Sun. The Barbary Coast, 478 Green St., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-788-0115.
 
Horsefeather, a bar and restaurant born out of the former TSK/TSK pop-up, is now open. Justin Lew and Ian Scalzo are behind the cocktails, while chef Ryan Chinchilla of Blue Plate and Foreign Cinema is running the kitchen. The menu is focused on small plates designed for sharing with cocktails, while the cocktail list offers original drinks with an inventive spin. Both food and cocktails will change with the seasons, and brunch will be added later this spring. Dinner nightly. Horsefeather, 528 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-522-0800.
 
The team behind Tacolicious has opened Bar San Pancho in the former Chino space at 16th Street and Guerrero in the Mission. The new project offers cantina-style Mexican food, along with cocktails and beer. While it’s not entirely a sports bar, major sporting events will be on the television, and menu highlights include sports-bar-friendly dishes such as the queso-stuffed burger and meaty tortas. Open daily. Bar San Pancho, 3198 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-649-6077.
 
Chef Brandon Jew’s Mister Jiu’s is now open in Chinatown Chef Brandon Jew’s new restaurant, Mister Jiu’s, is now open in Chinatown. The menu takes inspiration from Chinese cooking traditions (Jew's heritage is Cantonese), as well as California’s sustainable and seasonal ethos. The menu is served “banquet-style,” which is similar to family-style, for $69 per person. The multi-course meal includes salads, vegetable sides, rice and noodles, and entrées, as well as additional entrée options for the hungry. There is also a full bar with cocktails from barman Danny Louie, plus wine, beer and cider. Dinner Tues.-Sat. Mister Jiu's, 28 Waverley Pl., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-857-9688.
 
The Absinthe Group will open a Spanish restaurant in SoMa this May. The new project is called Bellota, and the chef is Ryan McIlwraith, who previously worked at Coqueta.  Menu items will include wood-fire-roasted meats and vegetables, paella, pintxos, tapas and family-style dishes. Beer, wine, Basque-style cider and cocktails will make up the beverages. Bellota, 888 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-864-2693.
 

News Bytes

Elixir's "Golden Hydrant" -- A Cocktail with a Cause
Elixir has launched their spring cocktail menu. The bar features an ongoing seasonal cocktail on tap that benefits California wildfire relief efforts, and this season it’s the Elixir Mule, with Square One Organic Botanical Spirit, muddled rosemary, Top Hat Ginger Beer and lime, served with a rosemary spring. Open nightly. Elixir, 3200 16th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-552-1633.
 
Outdoor Seating Means More Walk-In Spaces at AL's Place
AL's Place in the Mission has added 18 seats to their sidewalk area, complete with palm trees, raised garden beds and charming string lights. Plus, there are patio heaters for those foggy San Francisco nights. The seats are available for walk-ins only, offering potential solace to those who couldn’t snag a reservation. AL's Place, 1499 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-416-6136.
 
Merigan Sub Shop Launches Summer Hours
Baseball season is here, which means that Merigan Sub Shop is now offering extended summer hours in the evenings. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am-7 p.m., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and during Giants’ games on Sundays. Remember: AT&T Park permits food bought from outside the park, and Merigan subs make for satisfying game-day meals. Merigan Sub Shop, 636 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-536-2991.
 
Marla Bakery Open for Dinner
Marla Bakery is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday, with a special Sunday Supper series as well. The menu changes regularly, and includes hearty, homestyle entrees such as a burger, roasted half chicken and bean soup. Marla Bakery, 3619 Balboa St., San Francisco, CA 94121, 415-742-4379.
 

Chef Shuffle

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Closings

After 90 years in business, North Oakland’s beloved Genova Delicatessen is closing on April 30th. The Italian specialty deli cites rising costs in rent and utilities as the cause of the closure. Genova Delicatessen, Temescal Plaza, 5095 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609, 510-652-7401.
 
The Mission location of The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen has closed. The location, at the corner of 20th and Harrison streets, was profitable, but the owners reportedly received an offer on the space and decided to sell. Those desiring gooey grilled cheese sandwiches can still find their goods at their remaining locations on South Park Avenue and Battery Street. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, 2400 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-926-5076.
 
After six months on the Embarcardeo, Caputo has closed. The restaurant offered pizzas, pastas and other Italian-inspired entrées, and despite a positive reception, they just weren’t able to meet their financial goals. Caputo, 100 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
 
Il Cane Rosso in the Ferry Building has closed after seven years in the space. According to owner Lauren Kiino, the lease was up, and they elected not to renew it. There has not been an announcement about what is moving into the prime Bay-front Ferry Building space; Il Cane Rosso will still offer private catering for the time being. Il Cane Rosso, Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, San Francsico, CA 94111, no phone.
 
Reverb, the Polk Street restaurant that replaced Verbena in 2015, has closed its doors for good. The team also owns Berkeley’s Gather, and plans to focus their energy there for the time being. Chef Charis Wahl will also be headed back to Gather, and there is no word at the moment as to who is moving into the space. Reverb, 2323 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109, no phone.
 
Antoinette, the restaurant in the Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, from Dominique Crenn, is closed for revamping. Crenn has left the restaurant entirely, but Antonette will retain its name and the French brasserie concept. No word on when it will reopen, or who will be chef going forward. Antoinette, Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, CA 94705, 510-843-3000.
 

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