SF Chronicle food team talks harassment
In February, Eater editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt drew a line in the sand where critics and restaurants run by known harassers are concerned: Don’t go there. “If you find yourself writing soul-searching paragraphs or essays about why you’re reviewing a place before you even get into the amuse, maybe that’s a sign you shouldn’t be writing it,” she wrote. Now the SF Chronicle has released its own four-part take from its core food team, with three out of four coming out against writing about restaurants run by harassers: The sole team member still soul-searching appears to be critic Michael Bauer, as he contemplates his upcoming Top 100 list.
Goodbye, worst McDonald’s ever
The gnarliest McDonald’s in town has finally closed its weary doors after five decades, ending the years of violence and drug-related skirmishes that plagued the neighborhood. The Board of Supervisors voted to purchase the property for $15.5 million in January to build affordable housing; the property will be officially transferred to the city on April 9, and demolition will begin soon after.
BarVale sneakily adds brunch and reservations
The new Spanish restaurant from Adriano Paganini sneakily announced that it would be serving brunch and taking reservations over the weekend. The menu includes some tapas from dinner like patatas bravas, plush dishes like chorizo hash, baked eggs with piperade and grilled bread, and a slew of brunch cocktails like the “Sangre Cecilia” with vodka, tomato shrub, and dry vermouth. Reservations are available for brunch via Resy, while dinner reservations are still only available for parties of six to ten people.
Frozen Kuhsterd to finally open in Lower Haight
After almost a year of delays, Frozen Kuhsterd will soon open its doors at 791 Haight St. (former location of P-Kok). According to the team, the main delay was the change of use and re-notification of the change of use to the neighborhood, followed by “slight changes” before the health department would come by for an inspection. Great job, San Francisco. Regardless, FK persisted and will open with limited hours and offerings on April 14, with a grand opening to follow on May 5. Stay tuned.
Woods Beer has rolled out its cookie beers
For cookie fans that couldn’t find a girl scout during cookie season, Woods Beer has released its yearly take on flavors like samoa, trefoils, and more. The beers are available at all Woods locations, from Oakland to the Outer Sunset.