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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Aatxe (pronounced aah-CHAY) is a forthcoming Basque restaurant on the street level of Upper Market's 100-year-old Swedish American Hall, home of musical venue Cafe Du Nord. The venture comes from a partnership between cocktail team The Bon Vivants (Trick Dog) and Ne Timeas Restaurant Group (Flour + Water, Central Kitchen, Salumeria); the duo will also combine forces to reopen the downstairs Cafe Du Nord after a remodel. Aatxe's chef Ryan Pollnow, former chef de cuisine at both Flour + Water and Central Kitchen, staged at Mugaritz early in his career. The restaurant will feature 50 seats, a full bar with a focus on Spanish-inspired drinks and exclusively Spanish wines, an open kitchen with counter seats, and a menu of Basque-style plates, from pintxos to large entrées, served late every night. Aatxe, Swedish American Hall, 2170 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114, no phone.
 
San Francisco's breath remains bated for The Progress, a future project from the busy people at State Bird Provisions, located within the same building. The larger space (formerly The Progress Theatre) will afford more seating than at State Bird Provisions, and cocktails will purportedly be a focus. Given the nightly onslaught at State Bird, it's no surprise The Progress has progressed past previous opening date hopes --- it has been on coming attractions lists for a while now --- but rumor has it Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski hope to open before 2015. The Progress, 1525 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, no phone.
 

News Bytes

Giants Hit the World Series, Local Restaurants Show Support
With the San Francisco Giants battling the Kansas City Royals in this year's World Series, city restaurants are getting in on the fun with fan specials --- and lots of orange. During World Series games, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana will feature $6 orange pisco sour cocktails at the bar; Americano's "Giants mojo!" cocktails and pints of Anchor California Lager will pair with house-made sausage and garlic fries specials; and staff at The St. Regis San Francisco will don Giants ball caps, while the lobby bar offers orange-and-white "Built For October" cocktails made with pisco, passion fruit and egg white. For those looking for a particularly lively place to view the match-up after work, The Royal Exchange is always a rowdy Financial District choice for sports and burger fans. Across the city, Park Chalet invites diners to watch the games with $2 pints and $5 pint-and-giant-pretzel deals. And in the Mission, Nombe will offer food and drink specials that include Jello shots for each Giants run scored.
 
A16 Rockridge Debuts Café Service
A16 Rockridge, the tony East Bay location of Shelley Lindgren's A16 restaurant group, has started a café-style menu in the Italian tradition that runs from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, and weekends from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. On offer are classic coffee drinks, light breakfast and lunch items such as scaccia, focaccia, antipasti, frittatas and wood-fired pizzas, snacks and southern Italian pastries such as zeppole and sfogliatelle, all also available for take-out. Wines by the glass, beers, juices and house-made sodas join the coffee drinks on the beverage menu. Nightly dinner service and Sunday brunch remain the same. A16 Rockridge, 5356 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618, 510-768-8003.
 
Three Courses for $37 at Plin
Alexander Alioto's Plin restaurant now features three courses for $37 every Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., with additional options such as a $7 dessert and a $10 wine pairing. Menus include choices such as fried Mary's chicken with crispy white polenta and sautéed kale; salt seared Monterey Bay calamari with eggplant caponata; and braised Niman Ranch pork cheek with sweet potato purée. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Plin, 280 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-655-9510.
 
New Chef's Table at Burritt Room + Tavern
Burritt Room + Tavern now offers a chef's table experience from executive chef Luke Knox called BR+Table. At a specially prepared communal table featuring locally crafted art, linens, plateware and glassware, guests are served five courses with beverage pairings --- all ingredients and beverages are also local --- for $105 per person, inclusive of pairings. Chef's table dinners are available Wednesday-Friday at dinner only. Reserve at least 48 hours in advance by calling 415-400-0555. Burritt Room + Tavern, Mystic Hotel , 417 Stockton St., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-400-0561.
 

Chef Shuffle

Pacific's Edge at Hyatt Carmel Highlands has a new executive chef in Chad Minton. Minton's former kitchens include The Ritz-Carlton properties in San Francisco and Atlanta as well as Marina del Rey, where he was executive chef of jer-ne restaurant + bar; and Hyatt locations in San Francisco, Vancouver and New York City, where Minton was executive chef of Andaz 5th Avenue. Pacific's Edge, Hyatt Carmel Highlands, 120 Highlands Dr., Carmel, CA 93923, 831-622-5445.
 

Closings

Fans of diminutive South of Market favorite Marlowe should note that the restaurant has left its digs at 330 Townsend St. and reopened two blocks north in Coco500's former space at 500 Brannan St. Marlowe, 330 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
 
Romantic Mission hideaway Woodward's Garden closed September 30, after 22 years, leaving behind many bereft regulars. The eclectic little bistro was known for its atmosphere of "dreamy escape" and notable California cuisine from chef-owners Margie Conard and Dana Tommasino. Among the final tweets read one that simply said, "It was such a lovely run.” Woodward's Garden, 1700 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
 

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