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January 2015 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

James Syhabout is expanding his mini-empire into San Francisco with a second location of his popular Oakland eatery Hawker Fare on Valencia Street in the Mission. Similar to the Oakland venue, San Francisco's Hawker Fare features "funky, spicy delicacies" with mainly Thai and Laotian flavors, in a menu spanning snacks, salads, one-pot and specialty selections, grilled food and rice and wok-tossed dishes. Group dining is encouraged as dishes are meant for sharing. Upstairs, a bar called Holy Mountain features cocktails referencing New Orleans, Haiti, Trinidad and Brazil, regions that celebrate Carnivale and Mardi Gras. The bar and lounge, dubbed an Everyman's watering hole, promises to be pretense-free and always evolving, with bar bites that may include dried squid jerky, pork rinds and roasted peanuts. Both Holy Mountain and the drink menu at Hawker Fare's bar are designed by Christ Aivaliotis and Troy Bayless, the bar duo behind all the beverage programs at Syhabout's properties. Hawker Fare, 680 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-800-9000.
 
Manos Nouveau, located for a short time in the Mission, has reopened in nouveau digs in the Castro. The dramatic Latin-French restaurant from Manuel Montalban features large picture windows and cushioned banquettes. Local artwork lines the walls, curated by partner, creative director and artist Caitlin James. The chef is Gualberto Nic Camara, who Montalban met when they were both at Fresca. Food mixes Latin and European influences, and wines are biodynamic or sustainably farmed from South America and the Iberian Peninsula. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Manos Nouveau, 3970 17th St., San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-872-5507.
 

News Bytes

Nine Years for Amelie Le Bar à Vin
Germain Michel and Samie Didda are celebrating nine years for their flagship wine bar Amelie Le Bar à Vin, a hip, romantic Polk Street enclave (there is a sister wine bar of the same name in Manhattan, and the duo also own Michel Bistro in Oakland, Calif., with Jean-Michel Fabregon). To celebrate, Amelie in San Francisco will now open and begin its two-hour happy hour daily at 5 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m., and the bar and lounge has launched a new menu of French and Spanish nibbles, as well as pizza from Pizza Agricola. Look for live music and DJ events Wednesdays from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday from 6 p.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Amelie Le Bar à Vin, 1754 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-292-6916.
 
Forthcoming Book from Atelier Crenn
Atelier Crenn chef-owner Dominique Crenn will release a book in November 2015 called Atelier Crenn: Metamorphosis of Taste. Her restaurant was named one of GAYOT's 2012 Top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. Atelier Crenn, 3127 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-440-0460.
 
San Francisco's Beer Week Brings the Suds
Craft beer in all its forms will dominate during San Francisco's celebrated Beer Week, from February 6-15, 2015, beginning with an opening gala Friday, February 6, at Fort Mason Center's Herbst Pavillion. Look for more than 80 Northern California breweries and a host of local chefs cooking to complement the array of new, rare and classic brews on hand. For the ensuing nine days, local restaurants will play host to brewmasters and other brewery reps during special dinners, and festivals celebrating everything from double IPAs to cask ales will run at venues across the Bay Area. Check the event list at www.sfbeerweek.org.
 
White Tablecloths Return to Michael Mina
As a nod of respect to executive chef Ron Siegel's cuisine, Financial District restaurant Michael Mina has upped the quality of experience in the dining room. White tablecloths have returned, and the room features fewer tables to decrease noise and increase intimacy. In addition, the restaurant has moved to a mainly prix-fixe menu format: four courses (with amuses and other additions) for $95 per person, with vegetarian options available; Siegel's nine-course "Ketto" tasting menu is $165 and requires whole table participation. A short à la carte menu is available at the bar for dinner and during lunch. Michael Mina, 252 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-397-9222.
 
Manresa Back In Business
After five months of reconstruction due to a fire in July, David Kinch and the team at Manresa have re-opened for regular dinner service as of January 2, 2015. Reservations can be made online at manresarestaurant.com, by calling the restaurant or via OpenTable. Manresa, 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408-354-4330.
 

Chef Shuffle

While The French Laundry is closed for renovations, Thomas Keller is presenting Ad Lib at The Royal Oak at Silverado Resort & Spa. This temporary restaurant concept serves a "classic American menu of traditional recipes." Ad Lib, Silverado Resort & Spa, Silverado Country Club, 1600 Atlas Peak Rd., Napa, CA 94558, 707-257-0200.
 

Closings

The outlandish restaurant-performance experience supperclub has shut down after a decade in operation. supperclub, 657 Harrison St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
 
After two and a half years, The Abbot's Cellar closed at the end of January. According to the restaurant's announcement on Facebook, "it is becoming more and more difficult to be profitable in this industry in San Francisco, especially for a labor-intensive, fine dining restaurant." However, the group's second venue, The Monk's Kettle, "...is going nowhere" in the best sense: not only is the casual, craft-beer-centric gastropub thriving, but it now has a lively outdoor patio to mitigate crowds. The Abbot’s Cellar, 742 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
 
Another year, another round of restaurant closures. In San Francisco, five-story (and storied) Empress of China said good-bye on New Year's Eve after 48 years of white-tablecloth dining in Chinatown. Over on Union Street, relatively new French outpost Cafe Des Amis shuttered January 4, and down in the Mission District, five-year-old Nombe did not greet 2015, closing after service on December 31, though the sushi restaurant company will still provide catering, private events and sushi-making classes. Call 415-235-7745 for information or to book. In the Napa Valley, étoile at Domaine Chandon shuttered January 1, ending its fine dining run. Going forward, the space will be used for tastings and private events. Also in wine country, Healdsburg's 15-year Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar closed permanently after one last New Year's bash. Adieu to all!
 

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