OAKLAND - Chef Sarah Kirnon is leaving Oakland Caribbean destination Hibiscus, and a new menu will be launching there on Thursday of next week. To fans of the restaurant's colorful bill of fare: there's a ray of hope. Scoop reports rumors that she's got a personal project in the works. [ISSF]
POP-UPS - Dan Jablow of Jablow's Meats is starting to do regular Saturday lunch-time pop-ups at Beast and the Hare from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This weekend, he'll be offering three different sandwiches for $11 each: handmade spicy pastrami with crunchy cabbage slaw, Guinness-braised corned beef with sauerkraut and Russian dressing, and fruitwood-smoked pork loin with fennel-apple slaw. Jablow makes everything but the bread with his own two hands. [EaterWire]
NORTH BEACH - Here is a story about Hing Ling Chinese restaurant: its cockroaches, ceiling rats and delicious porridge. Will they ever come back? [SFoodie]
THE ABC's - GrubStreet reports that the Richmond's Sichuan Home (5037 Geary) and North Beach's Little Vine (1541 Grant Ave.) shop both have a license to serve beer and wine now.
EVENTS - Ben Bleiman of Rebel on Market Street writes in to spread the words that they're opening up the dance floor as an event space for pop-ups, corporate after-parties, product launches and such on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. As long as you hit the $1000 mark at the bar, insurance, sounds system, dj booth, lighting, a commercial kitchen, cutlery, plates, tables, chairs, projector, and fully staffed bar are all included. [EaterWire]
Hibiscus in Oakland. [Photo: Foodhoe]