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Goodbye Sweet Empress (of China); La Taza Shifts to Bar Vero in January

Plus learn to make tamales and drink like a normal person on New Year's Eve.


MISSION— No desire to spend NYE in "da club" or at a fancy prix fixe dinner? You're not alone. Here are a bunch of spots in the Mission that have banded together to celebrate a "No Nonsense New Year's Eve" simply by operating as usual. No cover, no mandatory tasting menu, no nothin' (except for all the good stuff they normally offer). Here is the list of participants: ABV, Pop's, Beretta, Doc's Clock, Loló, Hapa Ramen and Elixir. [EaterWire]

CHINATOWN— The end of an era is set for New Year's Eve, as the Empress of China closes its doors after almost half a century of celebratory banquets, famous diners and a killer view. It's time to say any last goodbyes. [SF Mag]

CASTRO— Fans of La Taza should kinda sorta say their goodbyes, as the new owners transition it into Bar Vero. It sounds like after a light remodel almost everything will be the same, including most of the staff. However, when the new iteration opens on January 19th it will only serve lunch until the dinner menu is set. [Hoodline]

MISSION— After all the mindless partying that leads up to the New Year, head over to 18 Reasons for a DIY Tamales class. Learn to make traditional recipes, then sit down to enjoy them with wine and beer. Tickets are available here. [EaterWire]