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Alta at the Minnesota Street Project Will Close After Sunday

Returning soon as Besharam

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Patricia Chang

Alta MSP’s last brunch

Daniel Patterson’s Alta restaurant in the Dogpatch, located within the Minnesota Street Project art gallery and studio space, is serving its last brunch on Sunday, May 6. Fans of the restaurant’s popular fried chicken sandwich, beignets, and soft serve have until then to get in for a last bite before the restaurant is converted to Besharam in a new partnership with chef Heena Patel. Stay tuned for more on what’s next from Patel and Patterson.

Media Noche and Al Pastor Papi

Mission cubano counter Media Noche has a new guest chef for their cubano of the month club, but he’s no stranger to the Mission: Miguel Escobedo is the former chef behind taqueria Papalote and its far-reaching salsa empire, and he’s back in the game with a new venture, Al Pastor Papi. Per that moniker, the focus is al pastor perfection, with a food truck arriving to join a new Mission Bay beer garden and mini golf course this summer. Get a head start with his cubano at Media Noche this month.

Local khao mun gai craze continues in the Upper Haight

The 1782 Haight Street space (between Shrader and Cole streets) that was once the Fizzary is now set to become What The Cluck Thai Chicken Rice, serving the thai style poached chicken and rice, khao mun gai, that’s increasingly prevalent in these parts. An exact opening date isn’t clear.

Claudio Villani is out at InoVino

Refocusing his attention on new Nob Hill restaurant and wine bar AltoVino, Claudio Villani, the owner and founder of Cole Valley wine bar InoVino, is saying goodbye to that business. “I want to thank all the amazing Cole Valley Neighborhood for the incredible affection and support over the past 5 years,” Villani says in statement. “Last night was my last service as an owner and tomorrow my friends Kari [Vanocker] and Francesco [Filicetelli] will take over InoVino keeping the name and same concept and probably making it even better! ... Grazie e a presto Cole Valley.”

Queens Test Kitchen

Queens Korean Deli has been selling its traditional Korean deli wares for online delivery and serving them to go at pop-ups at Black Sands in the Lower Haight since February. But now owner Clara Lee will also serve some dishes to dine-in at Hayes Valley wine bar Birba (458 Grove)in a once-a-month pop-up, Queens Test Kitchen. The first instance is this Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. — here’s the menu:

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