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James Franco Visits Caffe Trieste, Surprises Moviegoers at Alamo Drafthouse

Plus chefs raised almost $3 million for fire relief, and more

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Celebrities enjoy Caffe Trieste, just like us

Palo Alto native James Franco was back in the Bay Area this past Friday, surprising an audience at the Mission’s Alamo Drafthouse with his brother Dave Franco. The occasion: The debut of his new film The Disaster Artist, a making-of portrait of the infamous cinematic flop The Room, which is set in San Francisco. Making the rounds, Franco paid a visit to classic North Beach destination Caffe Trieste, snapping a photo with the local artist Jeremy Fish. Caffe Trieste, which claims to have “brought espresso to San Francisco” starting in 1956, has been in the news recently for less flattering reasons: A family dispute and lawsuit appear to threaten the business.

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Sartaj Indian Café reopens in Sausalito

Sausalito Indian restaurant Sartaj is back open after several years of closure, serving lunch and dinner in the space at 43 Caledonia Street in a newly renovated space.

Indian Paradox ventures into brunch

The paradox of Divisadero wine bar Indian Paradox, matching Indian food and wine, is actually more tasty than paradoxical thanks to thoughtful pairings by owner and certified sommelier Kavitha Raghavan. Now the restaurant’s street food items will be available at brunch — yes, with wine pairings — starting this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

And so does Old Devil Moon

Another bar/restaurant brunch newcomer, this one in the beer and cocktails category, is Old Devil Moon. They’re rising early on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bernal Heights to serve dishes like huevos rancheros and cheddar biscuits and gravy plus brunch cocktails like Bloody Marys.

Napa Strong benefit raises $2.5 million

A fire relief benefit event at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone landed $2.5 million for the Napa and Sonoma Fund managed by Tipping Point Foundation. Chefs Thomas Keller, Christopher Kostow, Kyle Connaughton, Stephen Durfee, and more cooked the dinner. On top of ChefsGiving, a recent San Francisco event that raised $750,000 for fire Wine Country relief, that’s more than $3 million toward restoring the North Bay to normal.

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Caffe Trieste

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