This week we heard about a new beer bar called Buffalo Theory headed to Polk Street, found out that Mission Beach Cafe's new spot will be called Mission Beach Valencia, and explored SF's finest in stoner fare. Now here's what else is happening in food news.
After just six months in business at the somewhat difficult location of 100 Brannan (at Embarcadero), Caputo is throwing in the towel despite getting a decent write-up from Bauer back in December. Apparently business was slow, and partners Shah Bahreyni and Sam Ramadan will instead focus on their existing Marin restaurants, Boca Pizzeria and Boca Tavern.
In healthy fast-casual chain news, DC-based salad spot Sweetgreen has just opened their first Bay Area location in Berkeley, taking over the former Oscar's space at 1890 Shattuck, as Eater reports. The sustainability-focused chain has been called "the next Chipotle," and they're also getting set to open another location in Palo Alto.
North Beach has a new ramen spot, Kan Ramen (229 Columbus Avenue), which is currently in the soft-opening phase according to Hoodline. It's open for lunch and dinner, and specializes in tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen.
Also in North Beach, Barbary Coast Gastropub has just opened in the former Bocce Cafe space at Green and Grant, as Tablehopper tells us. Expect a full bar, a nice patio, and an easy-going dinner menu anchored by wings and pizza.
And down the street there is some drama happening between the owners of Gino & Carlo (548 Green Street) and Pete Mrabe, the owner of Don Pisto's and Chubby Noodle and the recently opened gastropub Pete's On Green (570 Green Street). As Inside Scoop reports, Gino & Carlo Inc. has filed a restraining order against Mrabe claiming he stormed into the bar shirtless on February 27 "screaming profanities" and physically assaulted owner Frank Rossi. Mrabe had, apparently, already been banned from the bar.
For the second time outside of North Beach (the first being at the ballpark), you can now get Tony's pizza on Mid-Market as Tony Gemignani's Slice House opens inside the Market on Market, at the Twitter building. It softly opened this week, but as Inside Scoop tells us, the full menu rolls out on Monday, April 25.
Noe Valley's Little Chihuahua (4123 23rd Street) is back open after a two-month renovation, as Hoodline reports. Look for the same sustainably sourced Mexican menu but now with a new modern look.
Fans of Little Nepal in Bernal Heights will be excited to know that owner Prem Tamang is opening a second restaurant in the neighborhood, in the tiny space at 3486 Mission Street that was home to Chans Chinese restaurant. As Eater tells us, it will be called Cuisine of Nepal, it opens May 14, and it will feature dishes specific to Tamang's home village in the district of Kavrepalanchok.
And last but not least, next Wednesday, April 27, look for Hawaiian brunch pop-up 'āina to open its Dogpatch brick-and-mortar to the public at 900 22nd Street. As Eater reports, you'll now be able to get Spam musubi and malasadas five days a week, with brunch served 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 Saturday and Sunday.
This Week In Reviews
Michael Bauer returns, a year and a half in, to see how things have improved at Chris Cosentino's Cockscomb in SoMa, and he finds, indeed, that they have. Upgrading the restaurant to three stars, he says it is taking "head-to-tail cooking to a new level"
and "Cosentino has a consistent, unwavering vision."
For his Sunday special, Bauer visits the newly reopened Original Joe's Westlake (née Joe's of Westlake) in Daly City, which got a loving, vintage renovation at the hands of Original Joe's owners, the Duggan family. "The interior of the restaurant feels like a midcentury masterpiece with its terrazzo floors, checkerboard slat wood ceiling and fireplaces in the lounge," Bauer writes, and he adds that it's already again hugely popular with the Westlake neighborhood, with some people waiting two hours at prime time for a table despite there being 300 seats. You stick with the classics here on a huge and varied menu, with things like spinach-artichoke dip and meatballs always a safe bet, and you can always opt for chicken Parmigiano and not be disappointed. The verdict: three big ones.
And at the Weekly, Pete Kane visits Ju-Ni and compares it favorably to the equally tiny, Michelin-starred Omakase, saying that, "The best thing about Ju-Ni over Omakase was the light touch that the former's chef had with the torch." He loves the "dizzying" omakase experience here too, but was put off by the boorishness of one fellow diner who, in such a small space, insisted on talking loudly to everyone in the room, and the staff seemed helpless to stop her.