1) Fillmore: By far the most exciting opening of this week is State Bird Provisions (1529 Fillmore St.), which marks the return of former Rubicon chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski to the wonderful world of restaurants. They're taking a totally different tack here, applying a dim sum format to local farm-driven fare. Take a look at an early iPhone snap of the 45-seat dining room here at right, and the menu live now on the website. SBP opens this Saturday, New Year's Eve, and will roll right into regular service on New Year's Day. Look out for your Eater Inside reveal early next week, and take a jaunt through the Eater Archives for more of the back story. [EaterWire]
2) Mission: Another fun one set to debut on New Year's Eve is Southern Pacific Brewing Company (620 Treat St.), the new Mission brewery with pub fare we've been tracking for a while now. There are still $20 tickets available to tomorrow night's party. Uptown Almanac says they'll also be open on New Year's Day, playing the games. According to El Hopper, the actual opening will happen later in January, so consider this New Year's blitz a sneak peek of sorts. [Uptown Almanac, Tablehopper]
3) Napa: A modern-designed new Turkish-owned Mediterranean restaurant called Tarla (1480 1st St.) opened on Monday in the Avia Hotel in downtown Napa. The chef is Gerry Castro, last seen as exec sous chef at Michelin-starred Murray Circle. They're serving breakfast lunch and dinner now: everything from a cornmeal pancake with fig marmalade in the mornings to Spanish paella at night. [ISSF]
4) Silicon Valley: All Spice's chef (and Esquire Chef to Watch) Sachin Chopra is consulting on the menu at a new modern Indian restaurant called Arka (725 S. Fair Oaks Ave.) in Sunnyvale. The menu takes some major liberties with classic Indian dishes, like—no joke— putting edible silver in the lamb curry. [EaterWire]
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