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December 2017 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Saison is expanding with Angler, a seafood-focused restaurant Saison is expanding with a new, seafood-focused concept. Angler will open first on the Embarcadero (in the former Chaya Brasserie space) and later in Los Angeles. The San Francisco location is scheduled to open in Summer 2018. Angler, 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, no phone.
 

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Chef Shuffle

Seasonal dining destination Gather in Berkeley is undergoing yet another chef change and revamp. Executive chef Anthony Lee (Alta) has created a new menu of adventurous-yet-approachable, shareable plates, meant to appeal to hipper, more casual walk-in diners as well as groups looking for a more upscale affair. There is also a refreshed selection of bar snacks and updated brunch and lunch dishes. The same attention to dietary needs --- with food for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans as well as gluten-free choices, all with a micro-seasonal focus --- remains. Gather, 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-809-0400.
 

Closings

In a move that has broken the hearts of pizza purists across the Bay Area, chef Anthony Mangieri closed Una Pizza Napoletana on December 23, to move with his family back to the East Coast. The New Jersey native first developed a cult following for his pizza in his home state, followed by success in Manhattan, and then took a chance in San Francisco when he opened Una Pizza in 2010. Una Pizza Napoletana, 210 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
 
Several closings over 2017 affected large restaurant properties frequented mostly by visitors to San Francisco. On Pier 39, Rainforest Cafe shuts its colorful doors after nearly 20 years, with its many monkey, parrot and other jungle-themed props being auctioned off. A different cafe altogether, The Plant Cafe Organic, remains a mini-chain across the city but its roomy flagship Embarcadero location has shuttered. And as reported earlier in the year, Waxman's, Jonathan Waxman's foray into the San Francisco scene, has closed and left a large, dormant space in Ghirardelli Square.
 
Mission District restaurant Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana and its sister property Farina Pizza have closed. The original Farina, a sleek restaurant in a large, modern space, opened in 2007 and offered Ligurian specialties including focaccia and mandilli di seta pasta with pesto. Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana, 3560 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
 
Meritage at the Claremont is set to close soon after the beginning of the new year. The restaurant, located inside the iconic hotel and club's historic main dining room, is one of several iterations over the years --- Meritage replaced Jordan's in 2009. Look for more details for what might come next in the coming months. Limewood Bar & Restaurant, also inside the Claremont, will remain open. Meritage at the Claremont, Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel, 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, CA 94705, 510-549-8510.
 

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