Earlier today, SFist learned that Sinbad's would be departing from Pier 2, taking with it memories, those stunning views of the Bay Bridge, and their kitschy wax statue of Sinbad, hairy chest and all. Oh, and previously this week, we rounded up the nine best bagels that don't require a flight to New York. So feel free to consult that this weekend as required.
Today the Richmond has a welcome opening in the former Video Cafe spot: Dragon Beaux from the owners of Daly City's popular Koi Palace, the Ng family. Yeah, it's dim sum, and yeah, it'll be competing with spots like nearby Hong Kong Lounge and Ton Kiang. But wait! Uncover those tables and you'll discover induction burners, revealing that we've also got an evening hot pot spot on our hands.
For mid-Market, news of an exciting development came from Hoodline. The owner of the Lower Haight's cocktail pairing destination Maven, Jay Bordeleau, will be opening a second spin-off to be called Cadence. That's in addition to the previously announced Mr. Tipple's Recording Studio, with both set to open sometime this summer. The complementary spots will be at 39 Fell Street and 1446 Market Street. Cadence's menu will come from chef Joey Elenterio of Chez TJ and Wayfare Tavern and the bar program will be designed by Maven's beloved Kate Bolton.
Speaking of bar managers, Isaac Shumway has abruptly departed Tosca, where he reinvented the iconic House Cappuccino and generally did fine work. Inside Scoop reports that Joe Cleveland, formerly of Coqueta, will take the reigns there.
Also on the cocktail front: Tupper & Reed has just opened up in Berkeley, with mixed drinks that may well justify the 18-month wait. As Inside Scoop reports, Tupper & Reed is the first East Bay outpost for Brian Sheehy and Doug Dalton, you know, the Future Bars team familiar from such SF speakeasies as Bourbon & Branch and Local Edition.
Last in liquid news — and right on trend but with a twist — Belcampo Meats, whose bone broth is too hot to handle right now, has hinted to Inside Scoop that they could be serving bone broth hot toddies.
A few more to watch out for: Eater has it that Dusty Buns is ditching their sandwich trucks for a SoMa brick and mortar, specifically, the old Source spot. Source, you'll recall, was a vegan restaurant that closed just this past January.
And, segueing from vegans to vegans, a vegan butcher shop is opening in the Bay Area. Duh it's in Berkeley, and duh, the founders grew up in a cult. What did you think? That one comes to us from Munchies, Vice's food vertical.
And finally, the Tenderloin continues to take flight as Inside Scoop reports that the Spruce team has a two-story, 72-seat establishment in mind for the historic Saratoga Hotel building at Larkin and Post, with the placeholder name The Saratoga, for now.
The Week In Reviews
For the Weekly, Anna Roth dined at the high-concept Mexican Californios, noting that the timing of its concept is unfortunately overshadows by similarly deigned but more expertly executed openings at Lazy Bear and The Progress.
And Michael Bauer’s update is on Duende, which he isn't that into. He only really likes the patatas bravas, which is like, not a big compliment. It's still an important restaurant for it's 'hood, he acknowledges. 2 stars.
In his Sunday review, Bauer showers praise on the recently-remodeled Los Gatos restaurant Manresa (due to a fire last July) and SF's own Quince (shuttered for two months for a general freshen-up). Both emerge from the construction with their four star ratings intact, and "come on even stronger than before."