Range replacement swarms Valencia April 13
Pioneering Mission restaurant Range closed in 2016 after 12 years at 842 Valencia (between 19th and 20th), with chef/owner Phil West and co-owner Cameron West switching gears to keep up with the quickly changing strip. Their next move, Beehive, has been hotly anticipated (and heavily under construction) since that closure, and it’s now slated to arrive on Friday, April 13. Beehive promises a forward-looking cocktail bar — it comes from West and partners at the popular FiDi bar The Treasury, who are restaurateur Arnold Eric Wong (E&O Kitchen), contractor Steve Werney (Teutonic Construction), plus GM Tristen Phillipart de Foy. But Beehive is also intended as a nostalgic throwback rooted in the ‘60s, with drinks and bar food that reference “the glory days of Mad Men.” That’s including fondue, harkening back to a time when fondue sets were socially de rigueur. Chef Byron Gee (Bacar, The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus) will be in the kitchen, and Carlos Yturria (also The Treasury and White Cap) will have the cocktails covered. Stay tuned for more as Beehive approaches.
Alice Waters’ daughter stirs the pot with new egg spoon
Fanny Singer’s retail website, Permanent Collection, quickly sold out of a very special item inspired by her mother, Alice Waters, following a New York Times article that contextualizes the culinary tool and its resurgence. Alice’s Egg Spoon, forged by female Alameda blacksmith Shawn Lovell, references a bygone dustup involving Waters’ embrace of the egg spoon — a a pan with a long handle for roasting a single egg over an open fire. Pundits like Anthony Bourdain once ridiculed the method, but in our current cultural moment, such dismissals are being reevaluated as gendered attacks — criticisms of preciousness and frivolity unlikely to be leveled at male chefs of Waters’ stature.
“It was quite a mad flurry of sales yesterday after that article,” a Permanent Collection representative tells Eater SF. “So far we’ve sold 90 spoons, the majority of those just yesterday. We are having another 200 produced, and half of those are spoken for by people on a waitlist.” Each costs $250.
Pizza and beer by 24th Street BART
A new craft beer den and small pizza parlor called Beer Nerds is now open at 3331 24th Street just off Mission. It’s a replacement for the also awkwardly named Adventures in Food and Wine.
Noe Valley market space getting new life as Douglas
1598 Sanchez Street (at 29th Street), the short-lived Bom Dia market and St. Paul’s Market before that, will reopen as Douglas, arriving soon for coffee and pastries as well as wine and cooking supplies. It comes from Michael Molesky, a tech exec and startup founder associated with an ad company that sold to Facebook for a reported $500 million. Also onboard at Douglas are his dad, Jim, and Maggie Spicer, a contributor to Edible SF.