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Patterson's Other Oakland Venture; Frank Bruni in SF

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OAKLAND - Inside Scoop tells of Coi chef/owner and food writer, Daniel Patterson's latest venture, Plum, with plans to "fashion a uniquely American cuisine" in a former fried chicken joint in the Uptown district at 2214 Broadway. Il Cane Rosso's Lauren Kiino will be chef at the 45-seat "younger sibling to Coi, albeit with [much] lower prices," which should be open in early summer. Adding excitement to the announcement, Scott Beattie will create the cocktail program for Patterson's adjacent bar, opening a few months after Plum. [Chron]

AT THE KABUKS - New York Times staff writer and former restaurant critic, Frank Bruni, will moderate a panel at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas called "The Way We Eat Now" on May 18. Behind the mikes will be Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere and Mijita/Public House, Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, and Michael Mina of Michael Mina. More info on ticketing, etc. here. [EaterWire]

THE ANTI-BAUERS - Long Meadow Ranch, the farm behind Napa's newish Farmstead restaurant, posts a retort to its 1.5 star Bauer review on its blog: "The 'buzz' has been really great...[and] Our Overall Rating on Open Table is four stars...similarly Yelp! has consistently rated Farmstead at four and a half stars." And the ranchers go on, "Perhaps a city-slicker thinks 'locals and tourists' (his words) lack the sophistication and broad palate exposure to understand fresh, local ingredients prepared using truly authentic American farmhouse recipes. Funny, too, how a major national magazine is doing an exclusive story on Farmstead and is setting up tomorrow for a major photo shoot over the next three days." Oooh, snap. [LMR]

HIDE AND SEEK - From Lady T-Hop we get the skinny on several adventures in temporary closure. Nopa closed yesterday for its fourth anniversary, and will be reopening for regular business tomorrow. Bistro Aix should be reopening with its totally redone interior, new patio, and a similar menu to what they used to offer just in time for the Saturday rush. And Sebo will be back to its regularly scheduled sushi program on Friday. [Tablehopper]

DOGPATCH - La Stazione, a new cafe serving Ritual Coffee, is open and buzzing next to the 22nd Street Cal Train station. The shop's weekday hours begin at 6 a.m. and they have a Nutella latte yelpers are raving about. [EaterWire]

Nopa. [Photo: Flickr/Thomas Hawk]


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