In addition to the big news this week that AL's Place got named the number one best new restaurant in the country by Bon Appetit, Bon App also named ABV the country's best new cocktail spot, continuing Andrew Knowlton's love fest with SF. Also we heard that Marlowe Burger is shuttering today, the Growlers' Arms is shuttering almost as abruptly in Oakland, and The Slow Club will call it quits this fall after 24 years.
The big opening of next week will be The Keystone, replacing longtime 4th Street standby Annabelle's in the Mosser Hotel. The building was originally called The Keystone Hotel when it was built in 1913, and the new restaurant, debuting
Monday Thursday, August 27, will feature "a sophisticated menu with flavors reminiscent of American favorites" from executive chef Zack Freitas, as we learn from a release, harkening back perhaps to some of his work at the former Station 1 in Woodside. There will also be cocktails from beverage director Kelly Naughton (including a porcini negroni!) and wine that 70 percent from California, and 30 percent international. And the place will be open all day, 11:30 a.m. to midnight.
A new restaurant from the team behind Sens at Embarcadero Center, including executive chef Michael Adams, are opening another spot at 425 Market Street called Barcha. As Eater reports, it'll be a lunch and dinner spot with a Mediterranean focus similar to Sens, and they're aiming for a October 1 opening.
Inside Scoop brings us some renderings and new info about the new shops getting added to the outdoor arcade at the Ferry Building. There will be five of these new permanent stalls, which will include Blue Bottle Coffee, Fort Point Beer Company, Marla Bakery, Dandelion Chocolate, and SOW Juice.
Over at Clement and 25th Avenue, the former Shimo sushi is becoming an Italian neighborhood restaurant called Fiorella, as Tablehopper tells us. It'll be a cozy little spot from one of the guys behind Uva Enoteca in the Lower Haight, Boris Nemchenok, and chef-partner Brandon Gillis who previously worked at Franny's in Brooklyn. They're hoping to be open by December or January.
And there's been a chef shuffle at The Alembic, where longtime chef Ted Fleury is moving on and passing the torch to his second in command, Dave Faro. BrokeAss Stuart brings us the news, and says the menu may change slightly. But wait, is that story about sex in the Gary Danko walk-in true??
148-year-old Sam's Grill & Seafood Restaurant has taken their time, but they're opening their first spinoff: Sam's Seafood Alley (374 Bush Street at Belden Place). As Eater reports, it'll be open next week, on August 27, and the focus will be local and sustainable seafood, as well as cocktails.
New Belgian beer hall Bel has arrived in Bernal Heights, and the Chron tells you what to order.
This Week In Reviews
At the Weekly, Eric S. Burkett is pinch-hitting on the review this week, and he takes on Makli, a new dim sum spot that's taken over the former Daimaru Sushi at the corner of 15th and Sanchez in the Castro. Sadly he finds it doesn't hold a candle to Mama Ji's nearby, and you'd be better off sticking to the scallion pancakes at nearby Red Jade.
Michael Bauer, meanwhile, finds aging chef Jacqueline Margulis still going strong at her frozen-in-time, 36-year-old North Beach soufflé restaurant, Café Jacqueline. Service may be slow, as it ever was, in this romantic little spot, since Margulis is still the only one back there cooking, one soufflé at a time. But the quality is still on point, and he gives her three stars for food, and two and a half overall.
And for his Sunday review, he hits up the new Cafe du Nord, and its underground Viking Room which dates back to 1907. He finds some excellent drinks from the Trick Dog team, and some good cocktail-friendly food, including a great burger and a great Caesar salad. But, he says, the service is "nothing short of novice." All told: two and a half stars.