Alas, poor Hamlet
Casual Noe Valley pub Hamlet is closing, and will shuffle off its mortal coil at the end of April or the beginning of May. Owner John Dampeer tells Eater SF he’s selling the business, liquor license and all — perchance to open a new venture in a livelier neighborhood at a future date. Dampeer brought his first bar to the neighborhood, Caskhouse, in 2013, but closed that smaller business last summer to focus his attention on Hamlet, which opened in 2015. In the end, he cites the lack of foot traffic for the difficulty of doing business in the area.
Laszlo’s new Hitchcockian cocktails
Laszlo bar director Nicky Beyries has a new, cinematic menu of cocktails inspired by the women of Hitchcock films. Drinks include Rebecca, named for the 1940 motion picture, with Partido Blanco tequila, cucumber, rosemary, bay laurel, demerara, and spent lemon husk from next door sister restaurant Foreign Cinema. Waste not, want not: Beyries is even using the restaurant’s avocado pits to make her own orgeat. Some $7 happy hour cocktail are available 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Haight Street Market’s new offerings
The owners of Haight Street Market, Dimitri and Bobby Vardakastanis, have a few tweaks to the business founded by their father, the late Gus Vardakastanis. They’ve added to the meat department, expanded their wine section by 20 percent, and added more hot prepared foods. There’s even a new poke bar.
Afternoon tea at Acacia House
Starting in February, chef Chris Cosentino’s restaurant at the Las Alcobas Napa Valley will charm visitors with an afternoon tea service available Thursday through Saturday. The menu includes fresh pastries, homemade preserves, sandwiches, and loose leaf tea by the pot. Reservations are available online and it’s $49 per person — unless you want to add champagne and caviar for another $36, that is.