More like baller ice cream
Chinatown is getting its first taste of the rolled ice cream action with the opening of Magical Ice Cream. What’s so magical about it? Well, the Thai-style rolled ice cream is always somewhat magical in that it’s made-to-order in front of you on a frozen plate — but the name also might have something to do its special order, the Gold Rush, which pairs chocolate ice cream with 24 karat gold flakes and sprinkles for $12. Other flavors include matcha, mango, and Oreo, with topping options that range from Pocky sticks to fresh fruit.
Say goodbye to an Indian staple
The owners of Janta, a family-run Indian restaurant in Palo Alto, have seen a ton of change since they first opened the place in 1993. Janta claims to be one of the first Indian restaurants in Palo Alto, and it earned a positive review in the SF Chronicle and even a visit from former president Bill Clinton. But now, the owners are ready to retire — in part because of a looming rent increase at the end of the year. An owner told Palto Alto online that the landlord is “asking for something so high it seems unacceptable and unfair.” It’ll serve its last meal on Christmas Eve, December 24.
Another restaurant closure
After eight years in Hayes Valley, Bai Thong Thai Cuisine — a typical Thai spot serving a long list of standards like tom yum soup, pad Thai, and curries — will permanently close on Sunday, December 23. The owner told Hoodline that she’ll remain in San Francisco but focus on catering.
Two Bay Area coffee roasters are nominated for Sprudgie Awards, an international coffee competition. Coffee Manufactory, Tartine’s coffee arm, and Red Bay Coffee, the radical roaster in Oakland, are both up for the main award against roasters from as far as New York, London, and Italy. The public can vote for the winner through January 4.