Scott’s Seafood fined for limiting bayside access
Scott’s Seafood Restaurant in Jack London Square was hit with $395,000 in fines from the city of Oakland for blocking public access to the waterfront, SFGate reports. According to neighbors, the restaurant’s outdoor pavilion blocks views of the estuary and includes some illegally bulky walls, even though the restaurant promised to keep the space open for public events. The fines were originally more than double that amount, but the Bay Commission offered to cut Scott’s a deal if they keep the pavilion open to the public 80 percent of the time.
San Francisco Brewing Co. headed to Ghirardelli Square
According to a liquor license dug up by the Chronicle, local small batch brewery San Francisco Brewing Co. is opening a new project and a taproom in Ghirardelli Square. Details are scarce at the moment, but the project will bring brewmaster Joshua Leavy’s Broadway IPA and Alcatraz Amber to the tourist-friendly spot which is now somewhat beerless after last year’s Lagunitas pop-up beer garden.
Here’s your weekly Hello Kitty truck alert
The hugely popular Hello Kitty Café Truck will return to Japantown this weekend for the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. Look for rainbow macarons and other Sanrio surprises from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1737 Post St. near the concert stage.
Bill Addison on the culinary scene’s ‘New Romanticism’
Eater National critic Bill Addison ruminates on a new ethos driving restaurants across the country. You’ve seen it on the plate at places like Petit Crenn as “pretty, geometric, often artistically chaotic landscapes” with lots of color and plenty of edible flowers. It’s not “Princess Food,” exactly, but food that conveys “both precision and feeling, a central reverence for nature,” Addison says, “and a love of beauty in service of a truly pleasurable experience, rather than mere showmanship.”