Bar Tartine’s final week as you know it is now
If there was ever a time to visit Bar Tartine, it is now. Saturday, December 31 is the final week with Nick Balla and Cortney Burns leading the kitchen, before they depart to focus full-time on their new Japanese restaurant Motze. Burns and Balla are serving their greatest hits this week, including smoked potatoes with black garlic vinaigrette; warm kale salad with seeds and rye; beef tartare on toast, fisherman’s stew; liptauer (paprika farmer’s cheese dip); and more. Details on Bar Tartine’s next iteration are still under wraps; stay tuned for more on that.
Nellie’s Soulfood is back
Some heartening news: Oakland’s Nellie’s Soulfood is reopening today. The 50-year-old restaurant closed this past June, with owner Nellie Ozen saying she planned to retire. But, she changed her mind and is now leasing the kitchen at JK’s Brickhouse (360 Adeline St.), which is just around the corner from the old location. It’s a fast casual, buffet-like set-up, and is now open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., EBX reports.
Joe & the Juice officially exists in SF
A clubby Danish juice bar has set its sights on San Francisco, with plans to open 20 locations in city proper by the end of 2018. First up: a location at 525 Market St., now open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Get all the details on the imported concept here.
Casa Guadalupe debuts a $225,000 renovation
The Mission’s 20-year-old, family-owned market Casa Guadalupe has officially finished a $225,000 renovation, adding a new awning, floors, organic produce and meat, and more new products. It’s already a hit with the neighborhood, according to Mission Local.
Bissap Baobab introduces some changes
Senegalese restaurant and dance club Bissip Baobab is switching things up after nearly 20 years in the Mission. Owner Marco Senghor brought on two new chefs to add new dishes to the previously four-item menu. Plus, Little Baobab will now open for counter service lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Hoodline has all the details here.
Mustard’s Grill goes green
Iconic Napa Valley restaurant Mustard’s Grill is now running entirely on solar power. A 170-kilowatt solar energy system has been installed, cutting the electricity costs to zero, which is a pretty big deal.
Oakland chef Charleen Caabay won Chopped
The Bay Area has another TV star in its midst, with Kainbigan chef/owner Charleen Caabay winning the “New Year’s Bash” episode of Food Network’s Chopped. Caabay is the first Filipino-American female chef to do so, and there’s nothing snarky to say about that.