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March 2018 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Bakery and cafe L'acajou, open since 2010 at 9th and Bryant in San Francisco, launched an East Bay outpost in February on Woodminster Lane near Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland Hills. (Owner Matthew Roder, who lives in Oakland, wanted to expand his business closer to home.) The café serves coffee drinks and an array of buttery, French-inspired baked goods – egg tarts, seasonal fruit concoctions – as well as heartier fare such as meaty sandwiches, soups and good salads. L'acajou, 5020 Woodminster Lane, Oakland, CA 94602, 510-842-9308.
 
Napa's C Casa, long a popular option at the Oxbow Public Market, has opened an East Bay branch at the Public Market Emeryville. The taqueria favors the freshest possible seasonal ingredients in flavorful combinations for its made-to-order tacos. Try any of its varieties plump with rotisserie or grilled meats or seafood, or heaped with vegetarian ingredients such as sweet potatoes, pea shoots, goat cheese, black beans, avocado crema and toasted pumpkin seeds. Lunch & Dinner daily. C Casa, Public Market Emeryville, 5959 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA 94608, 510-679-1800.
 
dosa by Dosa is open in Oakland Oakland's Uptown neighborhood continues to shift and grow, with several San Francisco standouts opening outposts there. The owners of the city's upscale Dosa mini-chain – Anjan and Emily Mitra, who own the swank Dosa on Fillmore and the original location in the Mission District – have launched a smart, modern, fast-casual restaurant called dosa by Dosa on Broadway. Counter-service offerings include the places’ famed Indian dosas, chutneys, soups and sides, at as high a "spice point" as customers desire. Cocktails are available at the all-day bar, breakfast is a unique and pleasant option here and there is a very happy nightly happy hour. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. dosa by Dosa, 2301 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-285-6823.
 
Dominique Crenn continues to launch new projects around the Bay Area, finding outlets for her seemingly boundless energies. Her swank wine bar Bar Crenn opened at 3131 Fillmore St., adjacent to her restaurant Atelier Crenn. Hours are Tues.-Sat., 4:30 p.m. until midnight. Also on the horizon is a large-scale restaurant, retail, art and fashion enterprise in the new Salesforce Tower, called Boutique Crenn, set to possibly open in late 2018. Bar Crenn, 3131 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-440-0460.
 
Copper Spoon has been providing Oaklanders with a spacious new option for playful, flavorful California cuisine and cocktails since October, and is now open for weekday lunch. Chef is Andre Hall. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly. Copper Spoon, 4031 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611, 510-897-7061.
 

News Bytes

Sonoma International Film Festival takes place March 21-25 Food, Wine & Cinema: Sonoma International Film Festival Takes Place March 21-25
The Sonoma International Film Festival, now in its 21st year, is not only a celebration of cinema but also of the region’s food and wine. Among the 110 total films screened will be opening night’s “Borg vs. McEnrose,” the story of the 1980 Wimbledon match between Björn Borg and John McEnroe, and “Back to Burgundy,” a French film about three siblings coming together to save the family winery. Closing the festival will be “Chef,” the Indian remake of the 2014 foodie favorite film. Meanwhile, attendees can also check out special culinary events like the opening night’s Gala on the Backlot featuring cuisine from Sonoma restaurants and Thursday’s Chefs & Shorts Culinary Extravaganza with five celebrity chefs, including one of GAYOT’s Best Female Chefs in the U.S. Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, one of GAYOT’s Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.), Evan Funke (Felix Trattoria), John McReynolds (Stone Edge Farms) and John Toulze (The Girl & the Fig), offering dishes inspired by short films, which will be simultaneously be screened to the audience. For ticket information and more, please visit www.sonomafilmfest.org
 
CDP is a cocktail spin-off of Commis Commis Offshoot CDP One of Growing List of High-End, Restaurant-Born Cocktail Bars
La Folie has La Folie Lounge, Atelier Crenn now has Bar Crenn, and for several months, chef James Syhabout's elegant, understated restaurant Commis has had CDP ("chef de partie"), an inviting new bar and lounge opened adjacent to the restaurant on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. CDP's full bar focuses on brandy, sparkling wines and Champagne in lush cocktails, with bar bites (and caviar service) from Syhabout to complement. The restaurant's wine list is also available in the lounge. Open nightly Wed.-Sun.. CDP, 3861 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611, no phone.
 
Chef Preeti Mistry Spices Up Breakfast & Lunch at Navi Kitchen
Celeb chef Preeti Mistry has closed her Oakland restaurant Juhu Beach Club but her lively, Indian-inspired cuisine is still available for breakfast and lunch at her year-old restaurant Navi Kitchen in Emeryville. The casual eatery features counter service and a popular outdoor seating area. Try any of the Indian-inflected pizzas. Breakfast & Lunch Tues.-Sun.. Navi Kitchen, 5000 Adeline St., Emeryville, CA 94608, 510-285-6923.
 

Chef Shuffle

Ebullient chef Hoss Zare departed San Francisco and returned to his native Iran. During his decades in this country, Zare coaxed smiles from patrons and staff alike in restaurants such as The Fly Trap and Zare through his smiling "Hoss-pitality." The Fly Trap, 606 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-243-0580.
 

Closings

Jillian's in the Metreon has closed after 20 years. The sports bar and pool hall will reopen with a new concept in the coming months. Jillian's, Metreon, 175 4th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
 
California-Vietnamese enclave Urban Picnic, long a healthful (and flavorful) lunch choice for Financial District types, has closed. Urban Picnic, 125 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108, no phone.
 
The owners of the Izzy's Steak & Chop House mini chain have opted to shutter their Oakland location to stay focused on their San Carlos and San Francisco locales. Izzy's Steak & Chop House, 59 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
 
Sad news for South Park in San Francisco – The Butler & The Chef has closed after decades of serving baguette sandwiches, plates of pâté and cornichons, crêpes and cafes au lait. Lovers of the bistro's chic, vintage French furnishings and décor --- the owners' first vocation --- can visit the owners' antiques showroom at 1118 Harrison St. in San Francisco, and their website. The Butler & The Chef, 155A South Park St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
 

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