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Castro meeting spot Cafe Flore has been around since 1973, but there's some new blood shaking things up a bit of late. As first noted by Todd Swindell and Michael Petrelis, Brett Klinker and Stu Gerry (formerly of Bix) have joined the management team and hope to shake things up with a streamlined menu and other changes.
Some of the shifts have already taken place, including the addition of table service (no more waiting in line for drinks) and beer on tap for the first time (think Blue Moon, Pilsner Urquell, Miller Light and Sierra Nevada). The new menu comes from Brass Knuckle alum and former The Taste contestant Shellie Kitchen, with some wackily named music-themed items (Salmon Davis Jr. or Bread Zeppelin, anyone?). Tablehopper brings word that the cocktail program is set for a revamp.
Tablehopper also notes that a new DJ booth is on the way, inspired by the building's original architect, Alfred Finnila, who also designed the Bridge Roundhouse (now the Golden Gate Bridge's gift shop). Live music and movies projected on the wall are also in the works, but there's one change that regulars may not enjoy as much: previously open at 7am daily, the new incarnation of Cafe Flore won't open 'til 10am on weekdays.
· New Partners at Cafe Flore Bringing Restorative Changes [Tablehopper]
· Cafe Flore's New Managers Plan Big Changes [Michael Petrelis]