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World’s 50 Best Restaurants List Just Gave Single Thread a Big Nod

While another pioneering Wine Country restaurant gets ready to close

Single Thread Bob McClenahan

Single Thread is one to watch

The arbiters of taste at World’s 50 Best Restaurants have given their “one to watch” nod for 2018 to Single Thread in Healdsburg. The award “celebrates emerging global talent and recognizes a restaurant that is outside the main 50 Best list, with strong potential to rise up the ranking in the near future.” That means Single Thread isn’t likely to appear in the top 50 — yet — but it puts the restaurant, where chef Kyle Connaughton prepares produce from partner Katina Connaughton’s farm, in a great position — and in good company. Past “one to watch” recipients include, for example, San Francisco’s Saison.

Terra, a 30-year influence on California cuisine, will close

Speaking of powerful Wine Country restaurants with Japanese-Californian philosophies, another that might have paved the way for places like Single Thread, Terra in St. Helena, is closing. Terra chef-owners Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone told the Chronicle that they’re making enough money, but can’t find staff, and without enough hands on deck to run the restaurant have made the difficult to close. Their last service will be June 2nd, but a new restaurant, where just they and perhaps some support staff would work, could be in the future.

Leo’s Patricia Chang

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Want your dining room to look like the hip ones at the likes of Leo’s Oyster Bar? Look no further than this deep dive into a recent trend of restaurant designers, like Leo’s Jake Mogelson, toward immersive, floral wallpaper.

Oakland man at center of “BBQ Becky” incident speaks out

Kenzie Smith was barbecuing with friends at Lake Merritt in Oakland when a woman, later identified as Jennifer Schulte, engaged the group in a sort of standoff, calling the police on them purportedly for their use of a charcoal grill. Public outcry against Schulte, dubbed “BBQ Becky,” led Oakland residents to organize a much larger barbecue in celebration/defiance days later. And now Smith is speaking out, telling the East Bay Express that Schulte told his group that they were “all going to jail” and using racial slurs to describe them. “It was a lot of things that she said to us within a three-hour time frame,” Smith told the publication.