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June 2015 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Jason Fox, executive chef and owner of Commonwealth, together with Timothy Felkner, owner of consultancy firm Vigilante Hospitality, will open Oro in late summer 2015. The new property at 8 Mint Plaza (formerly Thermidor) will feature a menu of shareable California small plates overseen by Fox and executed by chef de cuisine Travis Day (Central Kitchen, Yoshi's). Specialties will include whole animal butchery, charcuterie and a unique "blind" tasting line-up of off-menu items tailored to individual preferences, served family style. The beverage program is headed up by some big names, including wine director Kelly Evans, most recently of Saison. Oro, 8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-974-1212.
 
The old Nombe space in the Mission has been transformed into the 65-seat Myriad Gastro Pub under chef-owner Tricia Tracey, most recently opening chef of Mixx Bistro in New Jersey. The restaurant, cocktail and craft beer enclave features eclectic, seasonal pub cuisine in the form of snacks and small and large plates, including salt cod fritters, bone marrow, roasted meat sandwiches, meat stews and roast fish dishes. An innovative wine list provides more than 20 by the glass. Look for weekend brunch to begin in July. Dinner nightly. Myriad Gastro Pub, 2491 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-525-4335.
 
Michael Mina has a new pop-up and test kitchen space in the Marina District, and the first event is a collaboration between Mina and RN74's executive chef Adam Sobel called "Middle'terranea," focusing on eastern Mediterranean cuisine with a nod to Mina's Middle Eastern background (he was born in Egypt). Family-style dinners meld flavors from Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Turkey and feature salads, fish in aromatic broths, char-grilled and roasted meats and other dishes. Tickets are $45 per person, exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity. Beverage pairings are $30 per person. The MINA Test Kitchen is also available for private events. The MINA Test Kitchen, 2120 Greenwich St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-310-8371.
 
Joshua Skenes (Saison) and Los Angeles-based restaurant owner Adam Fleischman (Umami Burger) will open a fast, casual Chinese restaurant in downtown San Francisco called Fat Noodle. Hand-pulled noodle dishes (along with rice and egg noodle base options) will be served in a production-line fashion as guests choose various broth, meat, vegetable and sauce toppings. Fat Noodle, 92 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94105, no phone.
 
Dominique Crenn will open Petit Crenn in Hayes Valley Billed as an "homage to her mother and grandmother's cooking," and featuring cuisine reminiscent of her native Brittany, Dominique Crenn's upcoming Hayes Valley restaurant Petit Crenn is said to be shooting for an early August opening. Set in the space that housed Bar Jules for eight successful years, the sister offshoot of Crenn's famous Atelier Crenn will be a casual café and restaurant with all-day service, including a prix-fixe dinner option most evenings. Petit Crenn, 609 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-621-5482.
 
Oakland's Uptown district has a new mixed-use space called The Hive that is about to get a new restaurant. Chris Pastena (Lungomare, Chop Bar) will open Mexican destination Calavera. The 4,000-square-foot restaurant with 18-foot ceilings is designed by Arcsine, and features an abundance of wood, subtle color and interesting geometry in the décor. The restaurant promises an impressive tequila and mezcal selection, along with "reimagined" regional Mexican cuisine. Calavera, The Hive, 2337 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-338-3273.
 

News Bytes

Bastille Day at La Folie
Of all the celebratory Bastille Day meals going on in Francophile-rich San Francisco this year, we have to hand it to Roland Passot --- in his typical, twinkly-eyed fashion, the two five-course, prix-fixe menu options at his lovely restaurant La Folie really capture the holiday's spirit. Those with VC money may opt for the Royaliste for $175, featuring items such as foie gras torchon "Madame de Pompadour" with pickled pluots, shaved turnips and plum gastrique, and double consommé "Royale" of oxtail and duck with gold leaf "Louis XVI" duck sausage, bone marrow custard and truffles. The Revolution menu (for only $150) features (slightly) less gilded fare --- examples include Brentwood Farm corn soup "Robespierre" with mousseron mushrooms, lobster and chili oil; braised short rib "Bourguignonne" with roasted summer baby root vegetables and lardons. Sorry, Roland, either menu will ensure diners will eat like royalty. Prices exclude tax, gratuity and wine pairings. La Folie, 2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-776-5577.
 

Chef Shuffle

Former executive chef Kelly McCown has left Goose & Gander in St. Helena. Howard Ko is now the chef. Goose & Gander, 1245 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574, 707-967-8779.
 

Closings

Three years after purchasing Pascal Rigo's La Boulange Bakery brand for $100 million, Starbucks announced on June 16, 2015, that it will shutter all 23 La Boulange cafés located around the Bay Area by the end of September of this year. The cornflower blue awnings and signage of La Boulange bakery-cafés grace most of San Francisco's tonier neighborhoods, and the chain's quality baked goods have fed café-goers and provided picnics for locals since French-born Rigo founded the first La Boulange on Pine Street in 1996. Now, La Boulange baked goods fill the shelves of Starbucks, but Rigo has left Starbucks and his cafés will no longer be a part of Bay Area culture. We look forward to seeing what will come next for him in either the baking or restaurant realm.
 

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