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June 2010 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Comstock Saloon opened on May 20 in the former San Francisco Brewing Company space at the North Beach crossroads of Columbus and Pacific. The building boasts Barbary Coast notoriety and more than 100 years of history as a saloon, but this new incarnation is something extra special, distinguished by new owners Jonny Raglin and Jeff Hollinger together with Bill Russell-Shapiro of Absinthe Brasserie & Bar. Comstock features vintage bar furnishings and accessories, including the 20-foot mahogany bar built in 1907, an antique absinthe fountain and, presiding over the surroundings, a bronze statue of eccentric historical figure Emperor Norton. As at Absinthe, a cocktail menu mixes unadulterated classics with refined, custom creations. Food-wise, chef Carlo Espinas (Camino, Piccino) crafts turn-of-the-century fare such as grilled quail with oyster stuffing, potted pork with country ham, and beef shank and bone marrow potpie. Dinner Tues.-Sun.. Comstock Saloon, 155 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-617-0071.
 
Scott Howard has returned to his Marin County roots to open casual California eatery Brick & Bottle, featuring farmers market ingredients, moderate prices and a family-friendly atmosphere. Howard first gained acclaim for his cuisine up north at Fork in San Anselmo before opening his upscale, eponymous San Francisco restaurant (now closed) and then the design-rich FIVE in Berkeley, where he continues to consult. Menu items at Brick & Bottle will include American classics (with Howard's signature twists) such as barbecued ribs, grilled steaks, rotisserie chicken and (Howard fans take note) orzo mac ‘n' cheese and butterscotch pudding. Other touches: Sunday Suppers with family-style portions, also available for takeout (the entire menu can be ordered to go); a children's station for personalizing pizzas; and an early-evening, three-course prix-fixe for $24. Michael Brennan designed the space that features a lively copper bar area, outdoor patio with fire pit, open kitchen, a chef's table and lots of salvaged wood and exposed brick. Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Brick & Bottle, 55 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA 94925, 415-924-3366.
 

News Bytes

SFChefs 2010
Tickets are now on sale for the second annual blowout SFChefs 2010 event celebrating everything local and culinary, this year running from August 9-15. The event features a stunning list of local chefs, winemakers, sommeliers, restaurateurs, food personalities and guest speakers. The week's still-growing schedule will offer everything from huge parties, presentations and seminars to grand tastings and special dinners. Participating chefs include Gary Danko, Michael Mina, Hubert Keller, Tyler Florence, former Top Chef contestants and many more. For all information, including the detailed schedule, and to purchase tickets à la carte for specific events, visit www.sfchefsfoodwine.com.
 

Chef Shuffle

In light of his new restaurant, Brick & Bottle, opened in May, Scott Howard has left the position of executive chef of FIVE, though he remains with the restaurant as creative consultant. Working with Howard and maintaining FIVE's original inspiration and intent---rich, approachable farm-to-table cuisine---is new executive chef and Texas native Banks White (Auberge du Soleil, étoile), who has been at FIVE since its inception. FIVE, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-845-7300.
 
Sadly, local favorite (and former Top Chef contestant) Jamie Lauren will leave San Francisco for Los Angeles in July to pursue new projects. Her replacement at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar has yet to be named. Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, 398 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-551-1590.
 

Closings

After five and a half years, the Larkspur Landing location of E&O Trading Company in Marin County shuttered at the end of May. Fans of the restaurant's signature satays, corn fritters and other Asian fusion tidbits can get their fix at the remaining E&O Trading Company locations in San Francisco and San Jose.
 

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