The next chapter in the 2014 French Laundry wine theft
Davis Kiryakoz, the man who stole $550,000 worth of premium wine from The French Laundry on Christmas Day of 2014, pleaded guilty yesterday to the crime, The Chronicle reports. He and Alfred Georgis were also connected to the theft of 142 bottles stolen from a SF wine merchant in 2013, and 39 bottles of wine from Alexander's Steakhouse in November of 2014, leading up to the French Laundry rip-off of 70 bottles. Kiryakoz’s sentencing will take place March 28, while Georgis still has pending charges against him; stay tuned for more.
A potential shadow on Zeitgeist’s future
Beer garden Zeitgeist’s sunny patio is under threat by a development at 198 Valencia St. that could cast a literal shadow over the business. “We realized the shadow cast by this building will a have a significant impact during what we call our busy season, the months of March through about late November, when we get that late summer that sun Francisco is so well known for,” general manager Gideon Bush told SFist. The bar has filed a discretionary review. Stay tuned for more details.
Eater's most beautiful restaurants of 2016
Eater has named the most beautiful restaurants of 2016, nationwide, and San Francisco’s very own Leo’s Oyster Bar leads the pack. Not surprising, considering Eater SF named it the design of the year, too, and its tropical vibes are completely transportive. See the full list here.
The Restaurant at Meadowood now uses Tock
Three-Michelin-star Napa valley restaurant The Restaurant at Meadowood has switched over to a ticketing system through Tock, which requires you to prepay. The price for dinner will be about the same ($330), but might appear lower at first because you won’t see service added in until you go to checkout. Either way, it’s still a commitment, and believe it or not, is not nearly the most expensive experience in the Bay Area.