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August 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 have ventured 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 features an all-day menu of brasserie cuisine. The Cavalier, Hotel Zetta, 55 Fifth St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-321-6000.
 
The team behind San Francisco's AQ Restaurant & Bar --- including owner Matt Semmelhack, chef Mark Liberman, bar manager Tim Zohn and beverage director Kristen Capella --- will open a second restaurant this fall. TBD will bring fire-cooked, seasonal cuisine to the burgeoning mid-Market neighborhood with a 50-seat, modern-casual restaurant, featuring an open kitchen, wood-fired grill and custom-built hearth. Vegetable and meat preparations will be open-fired, grilled, smoked, rotisseried or hearth baked. The outdoors will be emphasized, with raw wood furnishings, antlers and camping gear in the décor. The beverage list will include more than 20 beers on tap, international wines with a focus on Rhones and around 15 choices by the glass, and a long list of sherries. TBD, 1077 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
 
Chocolatier Blue is opening a shop in San Francisco at 760 Market Street, inside the historic 1907 Phelan Building, on September 5, 2013. The local chocolate manufacturer works with Domori Italian dark chocolate and Five Star brand butter, and features innovative, seasonal offerings such as lavender mint, mango, cherry tarragon and lychee. Along with boxed chocolates, the shop will offer fruit jellies, marshmallows, turtles, candy bars and hot chocolate kits, as well as abstract "art chocolate" under glass from owner and chocolatier Chris Blue. Chocolatier Blue, Phelan Building, 760 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 510-705-8800.
 
Homestead restaurant opened August 7, 2013, in Oakland in the Piedmont Avenue space that formerly housed Zatis. The rustic, 48-seat dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows features the seasonal cuisine of chef Fred Sassen, whose résumé includes Camino in Oakland and work as executive sous at the city's Farallon. Co-owner Elizabeth Sassen (the two are husband and wife) worked as sous at Farallon, Waterbar and Memento in Madrid, Spain. Homestead's focus is locally sourced, organic ingredients; the menu will change often, craft beers are a draw, and a list of international wines includes roughly 15 by the glass. An 18-seat outdoor patio is set to open in the coming weeks. Dinner Tues.-Sat. Homestead, 4029 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611, 510-420-6962.
 

News Bytes

Half Off Bottles of Wine on Sundays at Prospect
All wine bottles are half off at Prospect restaurant every Sunday through Labor Day: August 18, 25 and September 1, 2013. The restaurant serves dinner Sunday nights from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Call for reservations. Prospect, Infinity Towers, 300 Spear St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-247-7770.
 
State Bird Closed Through Mid-Sept
Fillmore Street hotspot (and James Beard Best New Restaurant winner) State Bird Provisions will be temporarily closed through mid-September as the restaurant expands to comprise the next door space. The build out will lead to 12 more seats and a waiting room. Watch http://www.statebirdsf.com or @statebirdsf on Twitter for updates. State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, 415-795-1272.
 
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco's Culinary Tours
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is offering a new series of San Francisco culinary tours hosted by local media personality Liam Mayclem, a London native known as the KCBS Radio "Foodie Chap" and host of the "Eye On The Bay" on CBS 5. Tours begin at the hotel and provide transportation to some of the city's most famous food-heavy neighborhoods, with exclusive, behind-the-scenes peeks into the whos and hows of local industry. The first tour will happen Saturday, August 10, at 1 p.m. and will venture into some of the most buzz-worthy kitchens along the Valencia Street corridor, including TacoliciousCraftsman & Wolves and Dandelion Chocolate. The tour will conclude back at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco with dinner at Parallel 37. Each tour is limited to 12 participants. Details on this and future tours, as well as tickets and other information, are at http://www.anyroad.com/insidethekitchen. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 600 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-296-7465.
 
Dishes Inspired by Meals at Alcatraz
The Hyatt Regency San Francisco's Eclipse Restaurant will commemorate the hotel's atrium "Alcatraz: Life on the Rock" exhibit, a collection of never-before-seen photos by Life Magazine photographer Leigh Wiener, with some very special menus. Executive chef Victor Litkewycz is re-creating (and reinterpreting for the non-incarcerated, modern diner) vintage dishes straight from the 1940s prison kitchens of Alcatraz: clam chowder; boiled short ribs with horseradish sauce; baked meatloaf with pan gravy; and banana bread pudding. The concept is less tongue-in-cheek than it seems: convict cooks were Bay Area cooks after all; they took pride in their dishes, and many of the ingredients came straight from the island's inmate-tended gardens. Look for the menus through October 25, 2013. Eclipse Restaurant, Embarcadero Center, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-788-1234, 800-233-1234.
 

Chef Shuffle

FIVE restaurant has a new executive chef in Stephane Tonnelier, who will release a new menu in October 2013. Tonnelier was most recently executive sous chef at Boulevard. His career began in Paris at the Hotel Georges V, Le Copenhague and Flora Danica. Expect to see classical French influences melding with FIVE's seasonal focus in his coming menu. FIVE, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-845-7300.
 
Lark Creek Restaurant Group's sustainable seafood enclave Fish Story in downtown Napa has a new chef. Scott Ekstrom, a New Jersey native, has trained under Jean-Marie Lacroix, Georges Perrier, Cornelius Gallagher and Daniel Boulud at restaurants such as Daniel, Oceana, Le Bec-Fin, Brasserie Perrier and Fountain Restaurant, and was most recently executive chef at Angele. He took over from Clint Davies, who returned to his native New Zealand. Fish Story, 790 Main St., Napa, CA 94559, 707-251-5600.
 

Closings

Pesce at the bottom of Polk Street has closed, but the good news is that the restaurant has relocated to the dormant space at 2223 Market Street in the Castro.
 

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