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March 2017 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Dumpling Time, a new dumpling and brew house from the Omakase Restaurant Group (Omakase, Okane), will open in spring 2017 in SoMa. The restaurant will serve 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 will 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, no phone.
 
Pronounced "slahn-cha" and meaning "cheers!," Slainte is a new Irish pub debuting in Oakland's Jack London Square in early April 2017. The pub will feature traditional Irish cooking from County Donegal-born executive chef Jackie Gallanagh --- think fish and chips, shepherd's pie and soda bread plates with Irish cheeses and butter. Beers (including imported Irish) and drinks will be helmed by Jenny Schwarz, who also owns and oversees the beverage program at Hopscotch. The spacious pub interior is anchored by a cozy fireplace; musicians will be welcome to bring instruments for traditional sessions. Slainte, 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607, no phone.
 
Debuting at 644 Broadway in Chinatown is China Live, a 30,000-square-foot space from executive chef George Chen that is layered with drinking, dining and retail options --- with more to open in spring 2017. Now open, the Oolong Café is a 25-seat tea room with custom-designed teapots and glassware (coffee and Chinese café bites are available). Also open, Market Restaurant and Bar Central is a full-service Chinese restaurant with 120 seats and food prepared at various stations, each highlighting a different specialty: dumplings and dim sum; Chinese meats and barbecue; cold salads and starters; noodles and rice bowls; fresh seafood; soups; wok stir fry and desserts. Menus change daily, with some signature dishes on repeat such as Peking duck, pork dumplings and three-cup Taiwanese chicken. Duggan McDonnell is in charge of beverages, including cocktails, Malaysian-style cold brew coffee and custom kombucha. On the first floor as well is a retail market that features a large array of imported condiments, spices, teas, cookware and gifts. Soon-to-come second-floor offerings include the formal restaurant Eight Tables by George Chen, a romantic bar and a small private events space called Gold Mountain Lounge. The third floor will be reserved exclusively for private events for up to 200 guests. Cafe 7 a.m., Restaurant 11 a.m. daily. China Live, 644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133, no phone.
 

News Bytes

Burma Superstar Launches Cookbook
The lines for Burma Superstar --- with locations in San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda --- never seem to shorten, and now fans can try the Burmese restaurant's famously flavorful recipes at home. Look for a March 2017 launch of "Burma Superstar: Addictive Recipes from the Crossroads of Southeast Asia," by restaurant owner Desmond Tan and food writer Kate Leahy (author of A16 Food + Wine). Burma Superstar, 309 Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94118, 415-387-2147.
 
"Meatball Mondays" at barbacco eno trattoria
Perbacco Ristorante + Bar's casual sister restaurant, barbacco eno trattoria, located right next door to the Financial District favorite, has launched "Meatball Mondays" featuring a diner's choice of three large polpette, or meatballs, to pair with a side of spaghetti marinara for $16. Meatballs include Sicilian-style pork with pine nuts, beef polpette Bolognese simmered with béchamel or chicken meatballs blended with ricotta and lemon. barbacco eno trattoria, 220 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-955-1919.
 
Master Sommelier Larry Stone Debuts Lingua Franca Wines
One of the country's greatest sommeliers, Larry Stone (Charlie Trotter's, Red Cabbage), whose Bay Area history includes 15 years at now-closed Rubicon, has announced the release of the first wines from his own vineyard, Lingua Franca. Stone purchased the Lingua Franca property, located in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon's Willamette Valley, when it was farmland. The wines coming on the market now are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir offerings from the property's inaugural 2015 vintage. Winemaker is Thomas Savre; Stone's daughter Sirita is also a member of the Lingua Franca team.
 
Speakeasy Brewing Ceases Operations
Local craft beermakers Speakeasy Ales & Lagers have ceased all operations for financial reasons. As of March 10, 2017, the popular brewery and San Francisco tap room are closed. Remaining inventory of bottled and canned favorites such as Big Daddy IPA, Prohibition Ale and beers from Speakeasy's Session series will remain in distribution until supplies run out. A San Francisco mainstay since 1997 (and destination tap room since 2011), the organization and its libations will be sorely missed. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, 1195 Evans Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124, no phone.
 

Chef Shuffle

Chef-owner Amy Murray has passed the reins of Berkeley's Venus restaurant to the owners of Tigerlily, also located on Shattuck Avenue. Murray opened Venus in 2000, and will now focus solely on her second Berkeley venture, Revival Bar + Kitchen, which she launched in 2010. Venus, 2327 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-540-5950.
 

Closings

Despite enduring popularity and steady clientele, Mamacita shuttered abruptly in March 2017. The Marina District Mexican restaurant had a vibe that was equal parts trendy and romantic, and was a sister restaurant to The Tipsy Pig, also in the Marina, and Padrecito in Cole Valley, both of which remain open. Mamacita, 2317 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123, no phone.
 
The Restaurant at Ventana in Big Sur is temporarily closed to the public. The Restaurant at Ventana, Ventana Big Sur, 48123 Hwy. 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, 831-667-2331.
 
Shorty Goldstein's in the Financial District closed March 9, 2017, after four years, taking with it some of the best (and only) Jewish deli cuisine in the city, including potato knishes and good pastrami on rye. Mourners can look to Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen or Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen for consolation. Shorty Goldstein's, 126 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94104, no phone.
 

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