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July 2014 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Townie restaurant and bar has opened on University Avenue in downtown Berkeley, offering dinner until midnight six nights a week. Executive chef is 27-year-old Dana Ryan, a native Bostonian, who has worked at State Bird Provisions, Gather and RN74. Owner and manager is Nima Shokat of popular Berkeley local hangout Missouri Lounge. The restaurant features seasonal small plates and a strong cocktail focus, as well as 16 draft beers and an international wine list. The dining room seats 75, with several communal tables. Free parking is available in the rear of the building. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Townie, 1799 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703, 510-356-4903.
 
Michel Bistro is a new Provencal-style brasserie/gastropub in Oakland Michel Bistro is a new Provencal-style brasserie/gastropub in Oakland's Grand Lake district from the team behind Amelie wine bars in San Francisco and New York City, Germain Michel and Samie Didda, together with Jean-Michel Fabregon. Executive chef is Anthony Salguero (Plumed Horse, Commonwealth, Saison). The 60-seat restaurant and full bar features typical French brasserie cuisine and a drink focus on pastis. Brunch highlights are oysters and savory French fare such as croques monsieur. Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun. Michel Bistro, 3343 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, CA 94610, 510-836-8737.
 
Michael Mina has opened not one but two new restaurants inside 101 California Street in San Francisco's Financial District, both in partnership with chef Ken Tominaga of Sonoma County's Hana Japanese Restaurant. The first is Pabu, a refined, modern Japanese izakaya and sushi bar. Featuring an atmosphere both rustic and urbane, the restaurant has a full bar, 22-seat sushi bar and omakase experience from chef Tominaga and young sushi chef Yoji Harada (Pabu Baltimore), and a warm dining room built to welcome sophisticated FiDi diners. Lunch at Pabu is served Monday through Friday, and dinner nightly. The Ramen Bar offers a fast-casual Tokyo-style ramen experience for lunch Monday through Friday, with some outdoor terrace seating. Pabu & The Ramen Bar, 101 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111, Pabu: 415-668-7228; The Ramen Bar: 415-684-1570.
 

News Bytes

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" Film Opens August 8
From Lasse Hallström, director of "Chocolat," "The Hundred-Foot Journey" opens in theaters on August 8, 2014. Helen Mirren stars alongside Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon in this lighthearted tale of love and food set in the South of France. Read the full film review on GAYOT's blog
 
SF Chefs Returns as Eat Drink SF
Eat Drink SF (formerly SF Chefs) will take over the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco the weekend of August 1, 2014, bringing together more than 140 of the Bay Area's biggest industry names. Four grand tastings over the course of three days will showcase more than 35 restaurants each, along with more than 60 breweries, wineries, bars and local spirits. Cooking and cocktail demos, special dinners and small class opportunities will round out the experience, as will nightly DJs. There are several preview parties planned, including an organized "bar crawl" through many of the city's most popular spots. All events are 21 and over. Visit www.eatdrink-sf.com for all information and tickets.
 
Quince Closed for Renovations July 25-September 19
Chef-owners Michael and Lindsay Tusk have temporarily closed Quince restaurant for renovations as of July 25. Changes led by designer Douglas Durkin will include a new sheltered entryway crafted in glass and metal; an elegant "Champagne bar and lounge" with tableside cocktail preparations, Champagne and caviar service and dedicated full dining options; two new private dining rooms; a renovated kitchen with added Chef's Counter seating, as well as new furnishings, art and décor throughout the dining rooms. According to Lindsay Tusk, the improvements will help create, "a more intimate, warm dining environment," while enhancing comfort. Quince, 470 Pacific Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-775-8500.
 
Manresa Closed Due To Fire
Chef-proprietor David Kinch's Los Gatos restaurant Manresa has closed due to extensive fire damage. The blaze reportedly began early in the morning on Monday, July 7, 2014. No one was hurt, but structural damage includes much of the roof and one side of the restaurant. "What happened in the early morning hours [on July 7th] was a setback," said Kinch in an official statement. "Manresa was a restaurant but it was much more than that. It is a family to us, one of shared vision, and of the pleasures and conviviality of the table, a gathering place of friends and family to share." Kinch thanked the Santa Clara County Fire Department for their quick response, and members of Manresa's local and international community of friends, guests and colleagues for their support. "We believe our mission as a team and our small contribution to the industry is much larger than this setback," Kinch continued. "We will be back, not just in this building but in many other ways." Manresa, 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408-354-4330.
 

Chef Shuffle

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Closings

Loretta Keller's nine-year-old Coco500 closed after dinner service on July 9, 2014. The elegant little SoMa small plates restaurant was beloved for much more than its cocktail program and deep-fried green beans; Keller's cuisine (as at Bizou, her previous restaurant in the same location) stayed ahead of, and often sparked, trend. In a stroke of symmetry, Keller has turned the space over to another strong female restaurant team --- chef Jennifer Puccio and restaurateur Anna Weinberg, who together with Weinberg's husband James Nicholas own Park Tavern and The Cavalier. Marlowe closed on September 14, 2014, to prepare for the move into the new, roomier location, with reopening targeted for early October. Keller's remaining San Francisco restaurant is Seaglass inside the Exploratorium. Coco500, 500 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
 

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