Star chefs swing by Tartine Manufactory
Acclaimed London chef James Lowe, whose restaurant Lyle’s has a place on Eater London’s 38 Essential Restaurants list, is coming to San Francisco on September 29. He’ll cook a family format feast with Tartine’s Chad Robertson at Tartine Manufactory: Tickets are here. The dinner is part of Tastemaker Collective, a series of dinners and a weekend festival that are the first San Francisco incarnation of the internationally popular Taste events. Meanwhile, today at Tartine Manufactory, breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus will feature some modern Mediterranean dishes made in collaboration with LA chef Tim Hollingsworth of Otium and the Australian pop-up chefs of The Tel Aviv Issue. Those are available a la carte.
I scream, you scream: Museum of Ice Cream will issue more tickets
After selling out in a flash with more than 50,000 would-be museum goers lined up in a digital queue when online tickets first went on sale, the SF Museum of Ice Cream is, as it’s done elsewhere, selling more tickets. American Express card holders will get first dibs, as before, thanks to a partnership with the company, and Platinum Card havers can get tickets tomorrow, September 13, at 9 a.m. Regular Amex card holders can get theirs on Thursday, the 14th at 9 a.m., and the floodgates open to the public on Friday, September 15, with general ticket sales at 9 a.m. — the day the Museum opens.
City Beer will move to larger, full restaurant space
Beer bar and bottle shop City Beer Store is uprooting after 11 years on Folsom Street, with owners Beth and Craig Wathen taking over the former Coachman space at 1148 Mission. The couple tells the Chronicle they needed more space, and their subterranean beer lair was indeed overflowing at peak hours. The Coachman, a Charles Phan venture, closed in 2015 after a brief, 9-month stint. City Beer will take advantage of the full kitchen, but still serve its retail function, and doors will open “by spring 2018,” the proprietors say.
Panta Rei closed in North Beach, Il Casaro swoops in
431 Columbus Avenue at the corner of Stockton is changing hands according to a liquor license application. Roman restaurant Panta Rei has closed after 12 years in the space, and nearby Il Casaro, a popular pizzeria already expanding to 235 Church Street, appears to be moving in.
Family behind Caffe Trieste continues to fight over business
More on the sad state of affairs at Caffe Trieste, where family feuding threatens to tear the business apart. It started after the death of owner Giovanni Giotta: His son Fabio Giotta, seemingly upset over the rising power over others at Caffe Trieste, such as his niece Ida Zoubi, filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the business. But late last month, Zoubi and others filed a cross-complaint, alleging “gross mismanagement” on Giotta’s part and denying his claims.
Dogfish Head taking over taps at Gott’s
All of Gott’s Roadside’s locations are getting a dose of East Coast ale this week with Dogfish Head taking over their taps. Yesterday, the beer was at Saint Helena, today it’s at the Napa Oxbow Public Market, tomorrow it’s headed to Palo Alto, and Thursday, September 14, they’ll be in the Ferry Building. All tap takeover hours are 5 to 8 p.m., and beers served are Seaquench, a take on a gose, Flesh & Blood IPA, their continuously hopped 90 Minute IPA, and Punkin’ Ale, a seasonal pumpkin beer. Also on the menu: Beer-battered fish & chips made with 90 Minute IPA.
Plans call for serious new hotel and restaurant in SoMa
London-based developer Ennismore reportedly wants to turn a SoMa parking lot into a 239-room hotel with a restaurant and ground floor retail. The address for the development, which would be eight stories high, is 424 Brannan Street. The restaurant space would be 4,421 square feet. A preliminary project assessment has been filed with the city.
To stop supersized criminal activity, San Francisco buys problematic McDonald’s
As it first offered to do in early August, the City of San Francisco will indeed buy the McDonald’s property at Haight and Stanyan Streets, with plans to build the plot of land into affordable housing. The McDonald’s in question has been a sore spot in the area, a location known for crime and a burden according to the police department who say they have responded to an inordinate number of calls from the restaurant.