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Landmark Napa Bar Gets New Life, Tuba Opens in the Mission

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NAPA—Since a potential deal with Thomas Keller fell through in October '08, things have been very quiet at downtown Napa's long-shuttered Fagiani's Bar, but a renaissance for the 40s-style cocktail lounge is finally in the works again. With new financing and a liquor license in hand, it's now slated to reopen this summer, and the owners are currently looking for a restaurant operator. If they don't find anyone by summer, they will delay opening the restaurant and just open a "bar with light food offerings." [NVR]

SANTA ROSA—Following 17 years in Railroad Square's Hotel La Rose, Josef's Restaurant will close at the end of April. [PD]

THE MISSIONPlywood vet Tuba Restaurant has opened, just off the corner of Guerrero and 22nd. It's a mostly-Turkish restaurant, and the chef is Coskun Bekta, who also owned Sultan Kebab on Larkin. And did we mention it's called Tuba? 1007 Guerrero Street, between 22nd and 23rd; 415-826-8822 [EaterWire]

THE FUTURE—Food chemistry pioneer Herve This explains—errr, "explains"—his vision for the future of food: "I have proposed a new method called note-by-note cooking, which is like playing the piano - assembling dishes note by note, using compounds like sucrose, salt, ethanol, tartaric acid ... The political idea behind it is that if we want to get a better environment we have to help the farmers to behave more correctly, and in order to do that they have to get richer by adding value. So instead of growing and selling carrots, they need to create compounds from them." [New Scientist]


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