Spot a shiny new opening on your block? You know what to do.
1) Financial District: The latest eatery to hit Belden Place arrived this week in Trademark Grill, the contemporary American grill from the Elite Cafe folks, including the chef: Jerry Mendoza. As you can tell from the above shot, it fits in with Belden's whole "Disney Euro Alley" vibe a lot better than its predecessor, Voda. Further reading in the archives. 56 Belden Place, between Bush and Pine; (415) 397-8800; website [EaterWire]
2) Berkeley: In terms of big name chefs, the week's biggest opening is probably Scott Howard's Five, making its debut tonight. The restaurant and lounge are both located within the newly-renovated Hotel Shattuck, but the real draw is Howard, who is making his anticipated return to the kitchen after his eponymous restaurant shuttered (followed by a brief stint at Larkspur's Left Bank). Also, Thrillist got its hands on a copy of the lunch and dinner menus. 2086 Allston Way, at Shattuck Avenue; (510) 845-7300; website [EaterWire]
3) North Beach: Open late last week was Vin Club, a wine bar nestled in on Broadway next to Impala and across from the strip clubs. Dario Zucconi (Tommaso's) is the owner, and he's billing his new project as "a sophisticated wine bar, European café and winery tasting room" in an "exquisite venue." 515 Broadway, between Kearny and Columbus; (415) 277-7228; website [EaterWire]
4) The Mission: MM has an opening report from the brand new Chile Lindo Empanadas on 22nd Street. It's a part wine bar from Esperpento next door and part outpost of the Empanada Lady who makes the rounds at Dolores Park and elsewhere around the Mission. It is open Thursday through Sunday from 6pm to 11:30pm. Related: the Empanada Lady is also working on a "complete Chilean delicatessen and cafe" on 16th Street. 3283 22nd Street, between Valencia and Mission; (415) 850-4778 [MM]
5) Western Addition: Due tomorrow (Wednesday) is Jannah, the Middle Eastern/Californian cuisine restaurant in the old Gabin space. Lots of details (and a look around the place) were revealed two weeks ago, including the chef: the renowned Yahya Salih. 1775 Fulton Street, between Masonic and Central; (415) 567-4400 [EaterWire]
6) North Beach: Cafe Pellegrini rolled out that cable car cafe thingy over the holiday weekend, and despite the publicity stunt factor, the idea of serving takeaway panini and coffee from a cable car is not bad at all, even in an area that is, you know, rife with sandwiches and coffee. 659 Columbus Avenue, between Filbert and Powell; (415) 397-7355; website [EaterWire]
7) The Richmond: Last but not least, it bears mentioning that Buckshot is back up and running in all its skeeball glory after being shut down by the ABC last month. 3848 Geary Boulevard, between Second and Third; (415) 831-8838 [EaterWire]