Burgerim expands mini-burger empire
Burgerim, an Israeli burger chain with more than 160 worldwide locations has expansion plans in store for the Bay Area, with new locations in the works for Concord, El Cerrito, San Francisco (on Mission Street), San Jose, San Pablo, Santa Clara, and San Mateo — plus Fremont, Pleasant Hill, and Pleasanton locations which will have Halal certified meat. Burgerim, which launched in Tel Aviv in 2011, serves 2.8-ounce mini burgers individually, in pairs, trios, or by the “party box” full. They come in Wagyu beef, turkey, lamb, salmon, veggie, and falafel with a variety of toppings.
La Marcha owners opening Berkeley bottle shop
Sergio Monleón and Emily Sarlatte, the chef/owners of Berkeley tapas destination La Marcha, will dedicate a new retail operation at 2040 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley to their love of wine, Spanish and otherwise. “We felt like there was a need for a wine shop in Berkeley that was approachable to a younger demographic, and totally not pretentious,“ Monleón tells Eater SF. They’ll call the shop, which will open later this year, The Mile Limit, a name that’s a jab at an old prohibition-era law that forbade the sale of wine within a mile radius of UC Berkeley.
Meet Town Hall’s meat and three menu
Town Hall has a new menu format for its already popular southern comfort food that’s intended to lure diners downtown on Sundays. Starting this Sunday, April 29, they’ll serve a weekly three-course prix fixe menu modeled on the classic southern meat-and-three setup. Pick a meat — options include hot smoked prime ribs, fish, and chefs Mitchell and Steven Rosenthals well-known buttermilk fried chicken — plus three sides, a soup or salad, and a slice of key lime pie for $45.
Katia’s Russian Tea Room will close on May 1
The Shanghai-born Russian owner of beloved Inner Richmond tea room Katia’s, Katia Troosh, will retire after 24 years on May 1, closing and ending an era. But the good news is that Troosh’s daughter, Helen Simmons, will take ownership of the family business and revive it in some form — stay tuned.