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Explosion of Openings Led By Frances, Baker & Banker, More!

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Beretta's new sibling Delarosa already rolled out over the long weekend, and today, the first of the month brings a veritable cornucopia of significant restaurant openings. As always, if we've missed one, do let us know.

1) The Castro: It's already been making the media rounds in a big way, and tonight, Melissa Perello—whose resume includes Food & Wine Best New Chef and James Beard nominee—makes her return to the restaurant stage with Frances. It's a small restaurant (48 seats: 34 in the dining room, 14 at the bar) and designed by Michael Baushke of Apparatus, who also did Ubuntu. A sample menu can be perused online. 3870 17th Street, between Noe and Sanchez; 415-621-3870; website [EaterWire]

2) Pacific Heights: In the old Quince space, Jeff Banker and Lori Baker will debut Baker & Banker tonight (say that three times fast), right on schedule. Banker is the chef and was last seen at Home, while his wife Baker will be playing the role of pastry chef. The 49-seat New American restaurant got a facelift from designer Michael Brennan, who added leather banquettes, blackboards for the specials, and a small wine bar too. 1701 Octavia Street, at Bush; 415-321-2500; website

3) Yountville: Kellerville gets itself a new Italian restaurant this week with the debut of Cantinetta Piero in the new Hotel Luca, which also opens today. Jason Balestrieri is the executive chef, with the concept centered in the Tuscan cuisine. Inside, there are the following amenities: 90 seats, a 15-foot vaulted brick ceiling, a pizza bar with wood-burning oven, a salumi curing room, and an open kitchen. Also, the restaurant is "modeled after the convivial attitude of the people and the open-air lifestyle of Tuscany." So there's that. 6774 Washington Street, Yountville; 707-299-5015; website [EaterWire]

4) North Bay: In Santa Rosa's Railroad Square hub, Jackson's Bar & Oven rolled out over the long weekend. In the old Mixx space, it's the second restaurant for chef Josh Silvers, who also runs the decade-old Syrah Bistro just a block away. BiteClub has a lot more details on Silvers' new neighborhood restaurant, so we'll refer you that way. 135 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa; 707-545-6900?; website [EaterWire]

5) North Bay Bonus: The weekend food section noted that Restaurant Mirepoix is back open after a two-month hiatus. The main difference is that chef/owner Matthew Bousquet now offers a prix fixe menu only: four courses for $45, five for $55, or six for $65. 275 Windsor River Road, Windsor; 707-838-0162 [Chron]

6) Peninsula: San Mateo got itself a splashy, new upscale dim sum place recently with the arrival of Champagne Seafood in the shuttered Joy Luck Palace space. FoodNut has a full report, complete with menu porn. 88 East Fourth Avenue, San Mateo, 650-343-6988 [EaterWire]


3870 17th Street, , CA 94114 (415) 621-3870 Visit Website

Baker & Banker

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3870 17th Street, San Francisco CA