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Hamlet’s Redesign, Lolinda Reopens, and More A.M. Intel

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Noe Valley’s Hamlet is hitting restart

It’s closing for three days to rebrand as a more casual neighborhood gastropub (similar to the owner’s other Caskhouse), with decidedly more approachable fare like bacon butter pretzel bites and a beer-cheese burger. You can see the full menu below. The new Hamlet will debut on Thursday, August 18 with happy hour prices all weekend, as well as free bacon butter pretzels and fries.

Read this if you’re a Smuggler’s Cove fan

It’s an excerpt from owner Martin Cate’s new recipe book in which he waxes poetic on the history of tiki.

Lolinda has reopened post-fire

So has El Techo, so everything is back in order. It was a small kitchen fire on Friday night that closed both spaces for a few days.

The first list of legacy businesses is out

The restaurant and bar recipients are Two Jack’s Nik’s Place, Toy Boat Dessert Café, Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Café, Pacific Cafe, and Lone Star Saloon. The legacy business program is a new initiative of the city’s Historical Preservation Committee, and it offers financial incentives to landlords to protect San Francisco’s older (at least 30 years), and more vulnerable businesses. Doc’s Clock is also trying to get in on the action.

ICYMI, Jacques Pepin is the best

The legendary French chef was in town promoting his new book, Poulets & Legumes, and line of cookware for Sur la Table (which happens to feature his own chicken-themed artwork). Eater SF caught up with him for a quick chat on camera; check it out here.