Get ready for the den
Tickets go live today at 10 a.m. for the Lazy Bear Den, the two Michelin-starred restaurant’s new late-night wine and a la carte bites option on December 1 in the upstairs mezzanine. The main attraction is access to Lazy Bear’s new enormous tome of a wine list without the full-on dinner experience. There are more than 1,000 wines across a wide range of styles, vintages, and regions — and since chef David Barzelay and beverage director Matthew Dulle want those wines to be accessible to a bigger audience, they’re also going to release some tickets closer to the day-of. Find the Den starting at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday nights.
Bummer news from Rice Paper Scissors
The Vietnamese pop-up had plans to move into a brick-and-mortar in the Mission, but Rice Paper Scissors has announced they will no longer be opening a restaurant at Folsom and 22nd. “While we’re not able to disclose any specifics, our experience made us realize why the power dynamic in America needs to rapidly shift,” they wrote on Instagram. In the immediate future, they’re going to focus on catering.
New look, new menu
Over on Divisadero, Indian Paradox has been updated with bold colors, new lighting, and art installations, as envisioned by designer Lorena Zertuche (co-owner of Loló). To go along with the fresh look, the Indian wine bar has debuted a four-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings.
In Oakland Chinatown, traditional Vietnamese spot Kim Huong has permanently closed, with the owner moving on to retirement. But a new Vietnamese restaurant is already operating in its place, at 304 10th Street. Kultmix leans much more Asian fusion, with pho burritos, chicken tamales, and corn with Cheetos offered alongside spring rolls, skewers, rice plates, and pho.
Omni Commons, a building housing a dozen collectives in Oakland’s Temescal, is looking to add a radical, nonprofit cafe to its ranks. Focused on serving women of color, Cafe Caracol will serve coffee from the Zapatistas communities in Chiapas, Mexico.