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All of a sudden, it's September and the restaurant world is get ready for some big-time opening action. This week saw higher profile beginnings for Park Tavern and The Melt, but there are other notables to catch you up on before this month's opening onslaught. Take a look below.

Inside the new Brassica. [Photo: Travels with Toaster]

1) Wine Country: Cindy Pawlcyn's major redo of her Go Fish space, Brassica opens today in St. Helena. The entire dining room has been remodeled. There's wine on-tap, over 70 wines by-the-glass and Brassica 12, a program showcasing twelve rotating small Napa wineries that don't have tasting rooms. The food is a total 180 too. Now Pawclyn will offer up Mediterranean fare, with more of a lean towards Turkey, Greece and Morocco that one might expect. Travels with Toaster has a look at some of the menu items from the test dinners. [EaterWire, TWT]

2) SoMa: Specialty's has opened a large, shiny new outpost at 500 Howard Street, complete with leather seats, a giant fireplace and a futuristic iPad touch ordering system. [LiveSoma]

3) Castro: Five Star Truffles recently reopened, bringing its 25+ handmade truffle options back to 18th Street once again. [via Tablehopper]

4) FiDi: Nuevo Latino La Fusion opened last week on Pine Street. Now you can see the full menu on the website, here. Owner and Mexico City native Javier Madero still insists his Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken is a must-try. [EaterWire, SF Travel]

5) The Richmond: The new Green Island Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant plays old episodes of Laverne & Shirley and Batman on the LCD. Apparently their frog and rice clay pot ain't bad either. [TRB]

6) Berkeley: strong>Chez Panisse alum Aaron Rocchino's new Local Butcher Shop is open in the Gourmet Ghetto. They sell nose-to-tail cuts, sandwiches and other specialty ingredients. [Berkeleyside]

7) Napa: According to Sir Paolo, the Napa Smith Brewery is also now open, serving up dartboards, music and you know what. Website here. [ISSF]

Is one of your favorite recent openings missing? Please do enlighten the troops with an email here or a friendly note below. Of course, your early reports are always welcome too.

The Melt

1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111 Visit Website

Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Avenue, , CA 94709 (510) 548-5525 Visit Website

Park Tavern

1652 Stockton Street, , CA 94133 (415) 989-7300 Visit Website


641 Main St., St. Helena, CA