We told you about In Situ, the new restaurant coming to the new SFMOMA from Benu chef Corey Lee, and about the rebirth of La Boulange as La Boulangerie de San Francisco (six locations of it anyway), as well as the coming of LA-based healthy cafeteria chain Lemonade to at least two former La Boulange locations in SF. And you didn't miss our definitive list of the best burgers in town, right? Now here's what didn't get covered.
The biggest news this week may be that iconic, 100+-year-old SF institution Sam Wo has set an opening date for its new location. As Eater reports, the new place will debut October 19, if all goes well, and as reported earlier, the new Sam Wo will be at 715 Clay Street (at Kearny) in what was formerly Anna Bakery. The original Sam Wo at 813 Washington was closed for good by the Health Department in 2012 for violations involving the building that they could not fix.
Also, much anticipated gin bar Whitechapel, from Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove fame, has set a date: October 26. As Eater reports, the decor is steampunk, like a "heavily-themed Victorian-era distillery in an abandoned London Underground station." And beverage director Alex Smith (Novela, Gitane) has crafted a cocktail menu about as long as Smuggler's Cove's, with 70 gin drinks including "geographical riffs on G&T’s."
Over on Nob/Russian Hill, 1760 has a new chef: Carl Foronda, formerly of Sushi Ran and Pres a Vi. The menu hasn't changed since opening chef Adam Tortosa left after one year, in mid-2014, and as Eater has it, Foronda will be introducing some things from his Filipino heritage, like pork sisig, and lumpia.
Hoodline has the news that the Boba Guys and Tea People will be occupying retail space on the ground floor of fancy condo building 8 Octavia, alongside an upcoming sake bar called True Cup.
Mission Chinese Food chef Danny Bowien has, this week, introduced what he says is the "silliest thing we've done," a Chinese burrito. It is, in fact, the "unholy matrimony" of two of the restaurants most popular signatures, salt-cod fried rice and kung pao pastrami with the Mission burrito, as the Chronicle tells us.
Following on news that Betelnut gave up the ghost after 20 years, its most recent chef, Mario Tolentino will be doing a series of seafood-focused pop-ups called Bait & Barley, as Eater reports. This will be on October 8, 12, and 22 and you can find tickets here. Also, Tolentino has been named culinary director at The Market, as the Scoop reports.
The Perennial, the sustainable-farming focused new Mid-Market restaurant from Mission Chinese alums Anthony Myint, Karen Leibowitz and chef Chris Kiyuna that we first learned about a year ago, is getting closer. But before it debuts in late October at 59 9th Street, the team is doing some pop-ups, as Eater reports. The first one is on Sunday, at Rintaro, and tickets are here.
The yummy sounding Koja Kitchen just opened on Clement Street, according to Richmond SF, and it's a Korean-Japanese fast-casual affair that grew out of a food truck, and also has a location in Berkeley. The menu features Kojas, which are described like sandwiches with Asian meats made using garlic fried rice buns, as well as rice bowls and tacos and such.
Also, Hoodline got a look inside the historic, dilapidated Harding Theater at 616 Divisadero, where plans are moving forward to convert the place into a bar/arcade called Emporium SF. That will likely happen sometime in 2016.
Over in Berkeley, the big news is that age-old dive bar Spats is finally reopening tonight, after much delay. As Inside Scoop reports, and as we'd learned earlier this year, SF bar empire-builders Ben Bleiman and Duncan Ley (Tonic, Bullitt, Dr. Teeth, Lightning, etc.) are behind the revamp. There will be burgers and wings available on the new food menu, and here's what you'll find drinks-wise. Spats closed in 2009 but the place dates back to the 70s, and was previously known as Oleg's.
This Week In Reviews
Michael Bauer filed a two-and-a-half-star update review of Frascati, the longtime neighborhood mainstay on Russian Hill. He says the place "still fits its neighborhood like a glove" and its simple, rustic menu still satisfies. But it was all a bit like "deja vu. Frascati owner Jon Rader took us to the same seats we occupied on a visit four years earlier. I looked up at the five-person counter, and the same man was sitting at the end seat having dinner." Yikes.
And for his Sunday review, Bauer checks in on new Comal spinoff The Advocate, where he's just as impressed as he was at Comal with the deft sound-dampening by the owner, who used to work in the music industry. He's also impressed with the squid a la plancha, and says "cocktails are a draw," but he's disappointed with a soggy flatbread and a few other inconsistencies. The verdict: two and a half stars.
SF Weekly's Pete Kane wastes no time in checking out the fried chicken at Dat Spot in Potrero (which just opened in the former Chez Maman space), and he declares it "in the upper quintile" of fried chicken places he's tried locally.
And Anna Roth finds herself to be a fan of Shakedown, the Tenderloin ice cream shop "for adults" which SFist's own Caleb Pershan talked up over the summer. She's impressed with the small-batch ice creams and constantly rotating selection of flavor creations, including the most popular Jacker Crack, "a popcorn-infused ice cream with dulce de leche and crushed peanut brittle that seems destined to become their Secret Breakfast."