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Daniel Patterson Tells Some Cold, Harsh Truths About Dining in San Francisco

And more A.M. intel

Daniel Patterson
Daniel Patterson

The NYT examines the state of SF dining

As always, the New York Times is on it, this time with a look at the state of dining in San Francisco. Writer Daniel Duane caught up with chef Daniel Patterson (Coi, Locol), who had a lot to say on what’s currently going on in the city. Specifically, “The food has never been better and the business climate has never been worse and so we are speeding toward a cliff.” This one is definitely worth a read, even if only for the cautionary tale of asking the price of dinner at Manresa before eating there.

Lone Star Saloon is on its way to legacy status

Popular SoMa gay bar Lone Star Saloon is currently trying to get Legacy Business status (which would give its landlord incentive to keep the business in place), in order to save itself from eviction. Despite a “for sale” sign in its window, Lone Star has gotten through the first hurdle by being approved as a “culturally significant resource” by the Historic Preservation Commission, SFist reports. Stay tuned for more details.

SF Starbucks now have nitro cold brew

Starbucks nitro cold brew
Starbucks nitro cold brew

Starbucks is working to stay on the trendy coffee train, and its latest attempt is through nitro cold brew. The offering, which is $3.95 for a tall and $4.45 for a grande, has been available in Seattle and Portland since March, and it’s now being introduced to SF stores. It’ll be a rolling launch, but the store at 1899 Union St. definitely has it.

The Pasta Shop is now Market Hall Foods

Thirty years later, The Pasta Shop is changing its name to Market Hall Foods. The East Bay shop made the shift to align with the name of its parent company, but nothing else is changing, Inside Scoop reports.

Butcher shop Drewes Meats shutters

Butcher shop Drewes Meats has shut its Noe Valley doors following an eviction notice on August 3, Inside Scoop reports. As one of the oldest butcher shops in the city, Drewes has been around through several ownership changes, but according to the property manager, was no longer paying its rent.

UberEats is now in the South Bay

Techies have one more delivery option to add to their roster, with UberEats now up and running in the South Bay and the Peninsula (specifically, Redwood City to San Jose). The app is operating seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and to celebrate launch, delivery is currently free.

Bergerac and Levi Stadium’s Bourbon Steak get new chefs

Please welcome Will Pilgrim as Bergerac’s new executive chef. Pilgrim, who has worked as sous chef at Absinthe, won’t be changing a whole lot at the SoMa hot spot, but has added trendy (if tired) items like banh mi sliders and Korean barbecue tacos. Meanwhile, over at Bourbon Steak and Bourbon Pub in Levi’s Stadium, Steven Gotham is now leading the kitchen, bringing experience from Joel Robuchon, the Lodge at Pebble Beach, and more. He’ll be adding more seasonal and local items to the menu, like grilled corn salad and Moroccan lamb kebab, as well as starting a garden for the restaurant’s use.