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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Nancy Oakes and the team behind Boulevard have opened the modern American eatery Prospect at the base of The Infinity luxury high-rise at 300 Spear Street; Boulevard's eight-year chef de cuisine Ravi Kapur has moved into the executive chef position at the new enterprise. The sweeping, airy interior boasts reclaimed white oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, wrought iron chandeliers and a square bar. The menu features bright, upscale American dining with local ingredients and global inflections. Bar manager Brooke Arthur (Range) and wine director Amy Currens (InterContinental San Francisco) have created a drink program that features unusual and long-forgotten libations and a wine list of 250 international varietals. Prospect, Infinity San Francisco, 300 Spear St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-247-7770.
 
The team behind Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino have opened their San Francisco location in the lovely industrial space formerly occupied by bacar. Executive chef Jeffrey Stout has crafted an upscale steakhouse menu with Japanese inflections, including dishes such as strip steak with shishito pepper pistou and kimchi butter, and Caesar salad with 65-degree jidori egg. The drink program, headed up by master sommelier Eric Entrikin, features a strong cocktail menu as well as a robust international wine list including 24 selections by the glass. Design details within the three-tiered dining room include original exposed brick, dramatic wine displays, Japanese screens, soaring ceilings and skylights and an exhibition kitchen. Alexander's Steakhouse, 448 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-495-1111.
 
Notable newcomer Baker & Banker, which opened December 2009 in Quince's former Pacific Heights space, will open a sister bakery nearby on Bush Street in August. Husband-and-wife team Jeff Banker and Lori Baker---Baker (Slow Club, Bizou, Gordon's House of Fine Eats) is the pastry chef---plan to offer breakfast pastries, two daily sandwiches and Four Barrel coffee drinks along with an array of sweets and baked goods including whole layer cakes and house-made breads. Look for the XXX Chocolate Cake: layers of flourless chocolate, devil's food and chocolate cheesecake. Baker & Banker Bakery, 1802 Bush St., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-351-2500.
 
Food Network personality, local celeb chef and now restaurateur Tyler Florence has opened Wayfare Tavern in the former Rubicon space in San Francisco's Financial District. The restaurant is his flagship enterprise (Florence has several other Bay Area projects in the works), and features rich, old-fashioned accents reminiscent of Victorian-era San Francisco melded with modern design elements such as an open kitchen, chef's counter and glass-enclosed wine room and full bar. Warm wood, exposed brick, antlers and other taxidermy and a palette of gunmetal greys, browns and ivories fill the clubby, three-story space. The cuisine is American---fried chicken, wood-grilled salmon, grilled calamari, a raw bar, and older favorites such as sweetbreads, frogs' legs, deviled eggs and bone marrow. Wayfare Tavern, 558 Sacramento St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-772-9060.
 
The interior of Fondue Cowboy Fondue Cowboy has opened at 1052 Folsom Street in the Mission District, featuring a modern lounge atmosphere punctuated by chic Western accents (a large mural of Clint Eastwood's scowling mug covers one wall). Owner Dave Mur aimed for casual conviviality in design, cuisine and price points, with plenty of drink options including a fun, affordable wine list with five options on tap. Savory fondue options include the classic Gruyère-Emmental blend along with bolder combinations of cheddar and beer, burrata and thyme-roasted potatoes, and manchego with roasted red peppers and olive tapenade; sweet pots include melted milk, dark and white chocolate options blended with additions such as nuts, cayenne, or seasonal flavors like citrus or strawberry. Fondue Cowboy, 1052 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-431-5100.
 

News Bytes

Breakfast with the Bakers at Boudin at the Wharf
On Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. through September 2, Boudin at the Wharf is offering "Breakfast with the Bakers." This family-friendly visitor program includes a breakfast of pastries, coffee and juice; a docent-led tour of Boudin's museum; and a private session with the bakers. Tickets can be purchased inside Boudin at the Wharf, at the docents' desk. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. (Admission for adults with a Fisherman's Wharf Pass is $4.) The tour is limited to 30 guests per day. Boudin at the Wharf, 160 Jefferson St., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-928-1849.
 

Chef Shuffle

After a brief stint at a nearby restaurant called Swell, former Postrio Café & Bar executive sous chef Paul Feng has returned to The Prescott Hotel enclave as executive chef. During ongoing renovations, the now much more casual incarnation of Postrio features breakfast and special events in the main dining room, and lunch and dinner in the bar and mezzanine areas. Postrio CafĂ© & Bar, The Prescott Hotel, 545 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-776-7825.
 

Closings

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