It's Friday and the world of restaurant openings continues to turn. This week saw big-timer Bluestem Brasserie take the stage along with the reopening of cult-favorite Weird Fish. But wait. There's much more.
Eiko's: bar on the left, dining area on the right.
1) Napa: Japanese new kid Eiko's opens today on the corner of First and Franklin. One of the partners is chef Jake Rand who used to work at the Ritz in Beaver Creek, Colorado. You should know the lovely bar area here will be open until 1 a.m. Add this to Morimoto's bar hours and maybe we'll be able to use "lively" to describe Napa nightlife some time soon. Check Inside Scoop for menu details and Facebook for build-out pictures. [ISSF, Facebook, EaterWire]
2) North Beach: Bordeaux restaurant vet and chef Sylvain Castet opened Le Bordeaux in North Beach this week. Read about his U.S. migration, Burgundian fondue, wine cave and more in the Eater archives. [ISSF, EaterWire]
3) Yountville: Napa chef Chris Kollar and his Swiss girlfriend Naomi Pasztor just opened a chocolate shop called Kollar Chocolates in the V Marketplace. Kollar mixes European chocolate techniques with modern twists in creations like a fennel pollen truffle, saffron poppy bars and espelette eclats. Napa Valley Register has the full run-down. [EaterWire, NVR]
4) The Mission: St. Francis Fountain opens its new Candy Kitchen tonight with an art show. And Madame Hopper tipped us off to Venga Empanadas Twitter feed, which says they're soft-opening today at 443 Valencia. Sounds like it might be cash only for the time being. [Mission Mission, Tablehopper, Twitter]
6) The Richmond: The crowds went wild as Fresh & Easy finally unveiled its outpost at 32nd and Clement. [TRB]
7) Berkeley: Amanda's on Shattuck has officially become a taqueria, and it sounds lively too. [Berkeleyside]