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June 2017 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Chez Marius, from Le P'tit Laurent's Laurent Legendre, is a cozy new bistro option in Noe Valley. Opened at the end of 2016, the French restaurant has just added lunch service --- it also offers dinner Tuesday through Saturday and weekend brunch. Legendre is originally from Paris, and after falling in love with this city on vacation decades ago, has since been behind many delightful restaurants in San Francisco: Clementine, Bistro Clement, Bistro St. Germain and Sel & Vin. Chez Marius has seating for roughly 50, with café-style sidewalk spots and a garden patio out back. Expect dog-friendly, family-friendly and date-friendly dining. Chez Marius, 4063 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-757-0947.
 
Lucia's pizzeria has opened in downtown Berkeley, on Shattuck Avenue next to Comal. The restaurant specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas, but also features mains such as Roman-style, slow-roasted porchetta, handmade pastas, charcuterie and fritto misto. Weekend brunch includes many egg dishes with Italian inflections. The space is warm and inviting and seats 75. Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun. Lucia's, 2016 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-225-9467.
 
Opening in summer 2017 in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood is Shinmai, a Japanese izakaya and ramen restaurant featuring executive chef Jerrod Doss (Aziza, Chez TJ, The French Laundry). On offer will be the traditional array of izakaya small plates (including a raw menu) meant to pair with drinks, as well as signature bowls of tonkatsu and miso ramen. Beverage consultant is Adam Stemmler. The venue will hold 100 seats and serve dinner nightly. Shinmai, 1825 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-271-1888.
 
Dumpling Time is a new dumpling and brew house from the Omakase Restaurant Group (Omakase, Okane). The restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a daily selection of fresh dumplings made by hand --- prepared on site in view of diners --- featuring fillings such as heritage pork, seafood, Wagyu beef and seasonal vegetables. Dumpling skins might have colorful hues from beet, spinach or other reductions, or from various flours. Expect a range of sizes. Japanese-style gyoza is also be a specialty. Look for a good selection of craft beers and other beverages for casual, fun dining. Dumpling Time, 11 Division St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-525-4797.
 

News Bytes

E&O Celebrates 20 Years with Special Menu
Glam grande-dame for multi-tiered Asian-inspired lounging and dining in Union Square E&O Kitchen and Bar will celebrate 20 years this July. To mark the event, celeb chef Joyce Goldstein will collaborate with E&O's executive chef Sharon Nahm to create a special menu, a sort of modern homage to the restaurant's pan-Asian opening dishes in 1997. (E&O has evolved over the decades, and has a current more refined, Southeast Asian focus under Nahm.) Look for it and special cocktails and other tributes from July 10 until the end of the month. E&O Kitchen and Bar, 314 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-693-0303.
 
State Bird Provisions to Temporarily Close for Renovations
Five-year-old city favorite State Bird Provisions will close for a dining room refresh on August 21, 2017, with a September reopening date TBD. State Bird's sister restaurant The Progress will be open for the duration. State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, 415-795-1272.
 
Fridays & Saturdays
Along with its regular menu, One Market has a special prix-fixe dinner Friday and Saturday nights dubbed The Downtown Social. Diners receive three courses of seasonal cuisine (a rotating list of choices that may include soups, crudos, grilled meats or fish dishes) and half-priced wines from a curated list. Cost is $45 per person; dishes can be served family style if the whole table would like to take part. One Market, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-5577.
 
New Brunch Service at Rooh
Along with weekday lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, hot Indian newcomer Rooh has announced the beginning of Sunday brunch service, featuring a range of Indian-inspired dishes with bold flavors and spicy cocktails to match. The restaurant also hosts a popular weekday happy hour from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. with $5 bar snacks, $8 wines and rotating $8 cocktail specials, as well as $5 beers. See the full menus at the restaurant’s website. Rooh, 333 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 425-681-1491.
 
Cliff House's Bloody Mary Mix for Sale
San Francisco's iconic Cliff House, perched above the Pacific and comprising three restaurants --- Sutro's on the lower level, the more casual Bistro above, and famous Sunday brunch destination the Terrace Room --- has released a retail version of its popular Bloody Mary mix. The unique, secret combination of fresh juices and spices is available in one-liter bottles at specialty markets. The list of locations where it is sold can be found here. Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121, 415-386-3330.
 

Chef Shuffle

Chef Ryan Scott has departed fresh Castro property Finn Town for other projects. Now cooking for Finn Town is Steve Dustin, former culinary director of operations for the local Big Night Restaurant Group comprised of The Cavalier, Leo's Oyster Bar, Marlowe, Park Tavern and others. Finn Town, 2251 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-626-3466.
 
Bergerac in the South of Market neighborhood has a new chef in Adam Nichol (Gaspar Brasserie, Flour + Water, AQ Restaurant & Bar, Wayfare Tavern), who will add some larger plates to the flavorful, mostly bar-focused menu of bites. Nichol is also a certified sommelier. Bergerac, 316 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-255-9440.
 

Closings

After six successful years in Hayes Valley, New Orleans-inspired restaurant Boxing Room --- from the team behind Absinthe Brasserie & Bar --- closed after brunch service July 2. However, the beautiful cornerstone space will remain part of the same restaurant group, and will reopen late summer 2017 as a Spanish eatery called Barcino, serving Catalan cuisine. Boxing Room, 399 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94102, no phone.
 
Indigo in San Francisco has closed. The restaurant was a Cal-Med standby for Civic Center and Hayes Valley theatre, ballet and opera goers. Indigo, 687 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102, no phone.
 
After nearly a century of service, A.G. Ferrari Italian specialty importer and deli closed all of its Bay Area storefronts earlier this year and has become an online-only business. A.G. Ferrari Fine Foods, 688 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, no phone.
 
Ristorante Umbria, a vivid, Italian mainstay on the corner of 2nd and Howard, closed on May 1, 2017, after 21 years. Like many recent old-timers, the restaurant lost its lease, but according to the spot's Facebook page, owner Giulio Tempesta hopes to open a future restaurant in wine country. Ristorante Umbria, 198 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94105, no phone.
 
Pican closed after service on June 11, 2017, ending an 8-year run that brought upscale Southern dining and plenty of top-shelf bourbon to Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. Pican, 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
 

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