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January 2012 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Famed breakfast and brunch destination Dottie's True Blue Cafe has moved to the more-than-100-year-old South of Market building that formerly housed French eatery Passion Cafe. The move marks a switch from one questionable neighborhood to another --- from the Tenderloin to the somewhat dicey crossroads of Sixth Street between Market and Mission Streets. No doubt the lines that dutifully formed for the former location will follow chef-owner Kurt Abney to his much larger new digs, complete with a soon-to-open rooftop patio. Expect the same menu of fresh, expertly-prepared American breakfasts and brunches, along with some expanded lunch offerings down the road. Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch Wed.-Mon. Dottie's True Blue Cafe, 28 6th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-885-2767.
 

News Bytes

Themed Monday Night Dinners at Jardiniere Themed Monday Night Dinners at Jardinière
California-French destination restaurant Jardinière offers themed ("Country French," "Into the Wild"), three-course, prix-fixe options every Monday night for $49 per person, complete with wine pairings from Jardinière's impressive list. Executive chef Morgan Mueller's menu may include first courses such as warm calamari salad with white beans, fennel and arugula, or pâté de campagne with pedigreed greens, crostini and sauce gribiche, and entrées such as coq au vin, local fish or cioppino. Reservations recommended. Jardiniere, 300 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-861-5555.
 
It's Good to "B" Local
B Restaurant in Oakland and its sister venue B Bar in San Francisco have created local-loving specials to thank their regulars. In Oakland, the "510 happy hour" from 5:10 p.m.-6:10 p.m. nightly features Alameda wines (Dashe Cellars, Urban Legend, JC Cellars and Rosenblum Cellars) for $5.10 per glass, and one special local beer and one cocktail made from local spirits Hangar One Vodka or St. George Spirits for the same price. Meanwhile, San Francisco bar and restaurant B Bar SF at 720 Howard Street atop Yerba Buena Gardens now features a weekend locals' brunch, with $12 bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas. B Restaurant, 499 Ninth St., Oakland, CA 94607, 510-251-8770.
 
New GM for Manresa
David Kinch has hired Bobi Adle as the new general manager for Manresa. Adle, a twenty-year industry veteran, served as general manager for Merchants NY wine bar in New York City and Water Grill, Murano Restaurant & Bar and Bistro 45 in Los Angeles, and was part of the opening team at San Francisco's Frances. Manresa, 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408-354-4330.
 
Dine About Town Returns
The eleventh Dine About Town event in San Francisco happens January 15-31, 2012, meaning great deals for city diners. More than 100 noteworthy venues are participating (see http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/dine/dine-about-town/ for a complete list), offering two-course lunch menus for $17.95 per person and three-course dinners for $34.95 per person. The Dine About Town launch party hits January 12, 2012, at 6 p.m., at the Sony Metreon City View room, where participating restaurants will offer samples of their wares, and proceeds from the $40 admission price benefit Meals on Wheels. Register for the launch party at http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/dine/dine-about-town/launch-party.html.
 

Chef Shuffle

Nombe has a new executive chef in Noriyuki (Nori) Sugie, who comes to the Bay Area from Los Angeles. Sugie most recently ran a pop-up ramen eatery within Breadbar, but has formal Japanese and French training and has worked at L'Aubergade in southwestern France, Restaurant VII in Sydney and Asiate in New York City. He is also a designer and entrepreneur, and his eponymous line of products and projects can be found at http://www.ironnori.com/. Nombe will now be open six days a week. Nombe, 2491 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-681-7150.
 

Closings

Longtime hotel dining standout Silks in the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, is undergoing significant changes. The venue's MO Bar on the lower level of the hotel lobby has closed completely in preparation for a new drink and dining area to open in April. Silks on the second floor will remain open during construction, but will be incorporated into the new venue once renovations are complete. Details on the new concept and chef to come. Silks , Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, 222 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94104, 415-986-2020.
 
Many closings to report with the start of 2012. Namu in the Richmond has shuttered to make way for a larger, upcoming project in a Mission District location from the same team. Chef Loretta Keller's big-ticket opening from 2008, The Moss Room, located inside the California Academy of Sciences, closed on January 1. Steuart Street's upscale bastion of Mexican cuisine, Mexico DF, has closed up shop, and the Castro's notable 2223 ("no name") Restaurant closed New Year's Eve weekend. Over in South of Market, Big Nate's Barbecue has closed and has become CatHead's BBQ from an entirely new owner and team. And on the waterfront, popular tourist destination Teatro ZinZanni has been forced to fold up its spiegeltent and relocate --- expect a reopening at the end of 2012.
 

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