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Oakland's Uptown Nightclub Will Shutter; The Food Trend 'As Old As Civilization'

Also: a dozen new locally made Belgian Beers, Michael Bauer slips into the re-opened Sam's Grill and the Phoenix Hotel gets haunted for Halloween.

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MID-MARKET— The Weekly's food critic Anna Roth goes long on the recent food hall trend, which we can't really call a trend since it is actually, "as old as civilization." [SF Weekly]

PAC HEIGHTS— Michael Bauer's head is spinning in his private booth at the newly re-opened Sam's Grill, where he's "been a fan of the liver and onions since about 1986," which is roughly as long as he's been the Chronicle's food critic. We're almost surprised that fellow Chronicle columnist Willie Brown didn't make an appearance at one of his favorite power lunch spots, but how would you know behind those curtained booths anyway? [Inside Scoop]

OAKLAND— Uptown Oakland's trendsetting Uptown Nightclub will close next week, after roughly ten years in the business. Lease issues are, unsurprisingly, to blame and the final concert will be next Wednesday's show with legendary surf rock guitarist Dick Dale. [EBX]

SOMA/UPPER HAIGHT— Noted local breweries 21st Amendment and Magnolia are releasing a whopping 12 different Belgian-style beers in the month of November as part of their BRU/SFO Project. On Monday, November 1st, each will launch the first three, with one more to follow every week from both breweries. There are "Boarding Passes" to keep track of all your tastings and if you collect all 12, you get some free glassware out of it. More details here. [EaterWire]

TENDERLOINThe Phoenix Hotel and Chambers Eat & Drink are hosting a Haunted Hotel night, one night after Halloween, which will include Halloween-inspired cocktails, "haunted courtyard décor" and old school horror films on a projector. Costumes encouraged, assuming you didn't ruin yours on actual Halloween. Tickets range from $20-40. [EaterWire]