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Hangover Observations: Opening Night at Orson

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This is Hangover Observations, where we share our thoughts on last night, the night that was.
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1) Upon witnessing Elizabeth Falkner climb up on the bar for an impromptu swordfight to ring in her new restaurant, we couldn't help but wonder how much better the Epic/Waterbar opening could have been had Pat Kuleto done the same thing.

2) Just a few more of the countless theatrics at the Orson soft opening last night: an employee fashion show on the second-floor catwalk, a live rock band playing Def Leppard, topless female servers covered in chocolate, foie gras chocolate truffles and quite possibly the best thing ever: cured meat on clothespins.

3) Though its airiness makes for a noisy scene, Orson's two-story space is nothing short of impressive. The centerpiece marble bar, in particular, garnered rave reviews throughout the night.

4) Smartest people in the room: those who camped out by the kitchen and scooped up all the hors d'oeuvres. Serious hors d'oeuvre circulation issues were at play.

5) Early upshot: Orson will give SF something it hasn't seen: a trendy, flashy, upscale late-night place with experimental cuisine that attracts old and young, straight and gay, foodies and locals. And only someone as established/talented as Falkner could even try to get away with it.
· Orson [Official Site]

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