Le Marais' Temporary Ghiradelli Pop-Up is Open
While the opening of Le Marais Bakery's second location in Ghirardelli Square won't happen until spring 2016, the French bakery has opened a temporary pop-up in the former Kara's Cupcake space, directly across the square from their future cafe. Already outfitted with baking facilities, the corner location is ideal for a miniature version of Le Marais, offering viennoisserie like ham and cheese croissants, delicate pastries and Stumptown Coffee. They opened their doors on Friday, December 18 and will remain open for the foreseeable future (bakery owners Patrick and Joanna Ascaso hope to hang on to the cozy space even after the neighboring café is open). Hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Harvey's to Get a Facelift Over the Holidays
Harvey's, the Castro restaurant and bar named after Harvey Milk, is celebrating their 20th year in business by closing their doors. Don't worry though, the closure (starting December 21) is only temporary, as the restaurant gets a total makeover, complete with new logo and dishes. In a press release, GM Steve Porter said that it will be a "total transformation," which fans can see for themselves on December 28th, when the restaurant reopens.
Myriad Marketplace Secures All Vendors, Won't Open Til Spring
The forthcoming marketplace and business incubator concept, Myriad Marketplace is now fully booked with vendors. Imagined as a place for food-based startups to grow, there will be 13 vendors, all of whom are now secured and in the midst of fine-tuning their spaces. A recent vendor update from Hoodline includes: Gambrel & Co., Mrs. Jones, Shield & Honor, The CRO Cafe, Dashwood Puppy Pâté, a flower shop, raw juice, chocolate, BBQ, a local bubble tea company, cellphone repair, coffee and tea.
Because Eventually Everything Good Will Be in the East Bay...
Tcho Chocolate has completed their move from San Francisco to Berkeley, and is now open in a huge, nondescript building on San Pablo Ave. Though its not open to the public yet, the enormous space is now operational in the East Bay, with room for retail, R&D, "light industrial" and office space. Apparently the new space is 30% larger than their old digs on Pier 17, so that's good.
Chris Cosentino, David Kinch and Michael Mina Tailgate Harder Than You
Over the weekend, several A-list Bay Area chefs got together to eat meat, watch football and do whatever one does at a tailgate, and they did it better than you. Chef John Fink of The Whole Beast cooked up a bunch of dinosaur-sized ribs for Mina's regular tailgate extravaganza, which was the only winning part of niners fans' day.