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Bay Area Hospitality Industry Mourns the Loss of Local Cocktail Pioneer

Daniel Hyatt, closely associated with the Alembic, has died

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A Southern Exosure at the Alembic
Michelle L./Yelp

Remembering Daniel Hyatt

Daniel Hyatt, a well known figure in the local bartending world who was recently the bar manager at Slate, has died at 42. Friends and coworkers remembered his many contributions to the Bay Area’s cocktail scene in interviews with the Chronicle. After six years building the esteemed bar program at the Alembic, Hyatt left in 2013, and most recently ran his own business adjacent to Slate, Starboard, until it closed. A remembrance for Hyatt is planned this weekend at Slate, or stop by Mister Jiu’s to drink a Southern Exposure, which close friend and former Alembic colleague Danny Louie has added to the cocktail menu in his honor.

Daniel Hyatt at the Alembic in2006
The Alembic/Facebook

Pizza Orgasmica finished

The last location of the local pizza chain Pizza Orgasmica has shuttered in the Marina at 3157 Fillmore. The suggestively named businesses once stretched from San Rafael to the Richmond, where one erstwhile location, at 1785 Fulton Street, could become a sequel to NoPa’s Barrel Head Brewhouse.

April showers bring May flower ice cream flavors

Wildflower Honey Ricotta
Salt & Straw

Portland founded ice creamery Salt & Straw has a local menu of May flavors devoted to the Bay Area’s spring blooms. That includes flavors like wildflower honey with ricotta walnut lace cookies, orange blossom sorbet with edible flowers, and jasmine blossom milk tea and chocolate. The menu is available at the Hayes and Fillmore scoop shops through the end of the month.

Henry’s opens for breakfast and brunch with Tartine tea cakes in Berkeley

Now that chef Chris Kronner (Kronnerburger) and his team are in charge of Henry’s at the Graduate Hotel (formerly the Hotel Durant), the updated menu sports plenty of Kronnerburger-inspired flourishes, as well as bread from Tartine. Now its open for breakfast from 7 a.m.- 10 a.m. and brunch on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (menus below), featuring biscuits and gravy, Tartine Manufactory coffee, and huckleberry muffins.

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