A destination for soft tofu
The lines outside Pyeong Chang Tofu House in Temescal might slow down when the owners open a second location at 1269 University Avenue in Berkeley tomorrow. Pyeong Chang will bring its popular spicy Korean tofu soup — along with the rest of its long menu of Korean comfort dishes — to the new location, plus two new specials that will only be available in Berkeley: kimchi-and-Spam fried rice and a spicy chicken rice bowl, both served in a stone pot. On Tuesday, October 9, it’ll open from 5 to 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, it’ll be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Regular hours — with weekday lunch — will commence Monday, October 22.
New bar bites
Castro bar Finn Town Tavern has introduced new happy hour daily specials — for example, $7 whiskey drinks on Wednesdays and $2 off signature cocktails on Saturdays — in addition to a fresh fleet of happy hour bar snacks, available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 3:30 to 5 p.m. on weekends. Check out the menu below.
Silicon Valley hotel restaurant debuts
Oak + Violet, the main restaurant in Menlo Park’s new luxury hotel Park James Hotel, opens tonight for dinner, with lunch and brunch service still to come.
Change on Polk Street
After opening Vertigo Bar 15 years ago, Ken Meade has sold the Polk Street bar and dance venue to new owners. It’s unclear whether the new owners, who also run Iron Horse and Playland Bar, will continue to operate Vertigo as Vertigo in the future.
Very special cans from Almanac Beer Co.
Alameda’s mostly sour brewery Almanac has just launched its new Sournova series of barrel-aged sour beers in 16-ounce cans. The first is Blueberry Sournova, with future naturally conditioned, mixed-culture, oak-aged sour ales arriving every few months. This is a pretty big deal for beer lovers, as barrel-aged sours are almost never available in cans.
A new brewer for Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Over in Hunters Point, Speakeasy has a new head brewer: Phil Cutti, the president of the San Francisco Brewers Guild and founder of Headlands Brewing Company. The former lead brewer, Clay Jordan, has left for family reasons.