Zagat goes five stars
Say bye to the 40-year-old 30-point rating system: Under Google’s tutelage, Zagat has adopted a five-star rating system — much like Yelp and TripAdvisor (and this switch seems like an obvious competitive move). All the existing 30-point-scale ratings have been transformed to fit into five stars, which translates to SF restaurants like Delfina, which previously had a 27, now being rated a 4.4 for food.
Oakland’s Off the Grid has moved
Temescal is the new home of Oakland’s Off the Grid, as the food truck market has relocated from Uptown. Now, every Thursday night (starting August 18), eight vendors will gather at 4521 Telegraph Ave. to sell food truck fare to locals. Plus, starting in September, OTG will play a movie in the parking lot of Rosamunde.
St. Regis Grill is staying for good
After the closure of Ame, the St. Regis employed the hotel’s executive chef Frank Desplechin to implement a "pop-up grill" in Ame's place. Now, that grill — cleverly called The Grill — will stay as a permanent fixture in the hotel, with all-day meal service of classic American food. To make room for this, Vitrine on the fourth floor will now serve as a meetings and events space instead of as a restaurant servicing the hotel.
Chambers has a new executive chef
And his name is Yosuke Machida. The Phoenix Hotel seasonal restaurant now has experience in the kitchen from Ame, La Folie, and Epic Roasthouse.