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January 2017 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Babu Ji returns to its roots in San Francisco San Francisco has seen a welcome influx of new Indian restaurants in the last few months. In the Mission, New York City expat Babu Ji has struck a trendy, flavorful note with diners. August 1 Five, in the Civic Center, offers modern, upscale Indian dining that draws from many influences, including street and home cooking from northern and central India. And at a new South of Market complex at 333 Brannan is Rooh, a modern lounge and kitchen featuring "progressive Indian cuisine."
 
Fast-casual mini-chain Asian Box is about to launch a couple more locations in northern California. Now open is a branch on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame. The quick, fresh, street-food-inspired eatery has joined outposts in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Mountain View, with a second San Francisco and new San Jose eateries also coming soon. The chain is located in Los Angeles and Irvine, too. Asian Box, 1401 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame, CA 94010, 650-315-2582.
 
A Bay Area Cinderella story, Curry Up Now started as a food truck in 2009, and in 2017, husband-and-wife owners Akash and Rana Kapoor are about to open their fifth brick and mortar location. The new 1,800-square-foot venue in Oakland's Uptown will join sister restaurants in San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo and Palo Alto. Curry Up Now serves Indian street food with a mix of international and Bay Area twists: tikka masala burritos, deconstructed samosas and hip, tasty, spicy items such as "naughty naan" and "sexy fries." Self-serve drinks include rose mango lassis and ginger mint lemonade, and there will be a sangría bar as well as beer and wine offered. Weekend brunch will also be a feature of the Oakland outpost. Curry Up Now, 1745 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
 
Adding to an already robust list of gourmet creameries in San Francisco, Portland-based Salt & Straw will open at Fillmore and Sacramento in early 2017, followed by a second location in Hayes Valley later in the year. The boutique ice cream outfit with rich, seasonal and sometimes eccentrically indulgent flavors (foie gras oatmeal raisin cream pie; Oregon black truffle) already boasts a successful lineup of shops in Portland and Los Angeles. Salt & Straw, 2201 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, no phone.
 

News Bytes

State Bird Celebrates Five Years
State Bird Provisions, with its dim-sum-style carts filled with New American bites from chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, won over San Francisco (and foodies everywhere) the minute it opened on New Year's Eve 2011. Five years later, the restaurant has an adjacent, family-style restaurant (The Progress), private events space called The Workshop and a cookbook on the way. State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, 415-795-1272.
 
The Ice Cream Bar offers dessert specials in February The Ice Cream Bar Loves Dessert
Valentine's Day season unleashes a flurry of specials across the restaurant world, but some require less commitment than others. Take, for example, The Ice Cream Bar's dessert specials, running from February 9-14. The retro-styled, easygoing, grown-up scoop shop and fountain will feature a torched-to-order passionfruit Baked Alaska with a tres leches cake base; special ice cream flavors such as pink grapefruit sorbet and raspberry swirl; and individual heart-shaped ice cream cakes. For something stronger, try the cheekily-named "This Drink is My Date," a fizzy parfait of Allagash Curieux bourbon-barrel-aged ale poured over scoops of butterscotch, milk chocolate and banana puddin' ice creams, or the "Bitter Little Tart," with Cappelletti aperitivo and Elisir Novasalus, Cocchi Americano Rosa and pink grapefruit sorbet. The Ice Cream Bar, 815 Cole St., San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-742-4932.
 
New Hours for Bar Agricole
Bar Agricole has made some significant changes to its hours. The open, modern space now serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10 a.m., and has also moved to a nightly dinner format (it was formerly closed Sundays). Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Check the website for bar hours, which usually begin a little earlier than dinner service. Bar Agricole, 355 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-355-9400.
 

Chef Shuffle

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Closings

A rash of restaurant closures hit the Bay Area as 2017 arrived, with surprises among both the old and new guard. In the Mission, standouts Range and Bar Tartine have both shuttered, to the distress of longtime fans. Kuleto's in Union Square closed its doors after 30 years on January 2, and SoMa's Restaurant LuLu shuttered abruptly in the new year after roughly 24 years. Relative newcomer, five-year-old AQ Restaurant & Bar, known for its changing seasonal décor and notable modern American cuisine, closed after dinner service on January 14, joining already-closed neighbor Show Dogs. And on the Embarcadero, Butterfly's chef-owner Rob Lam announced the restaurant's impending closure after service on January 7, saying goodbye to 15 years of Asian fusion in the event-friendly bayfront space.
 

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