Drink in theme
A scary, immersive, haunted house on steroids known as Terror Vault is debuting on Wednesday, October 10. Folks can experience the new theatrical attraction at the San Francisco Mint for four weeks, starting with a visit to a pop-up bar, where cocktails created by Ronnie Buders (BIIG) keep up with the spooky theme. The menu includes Zombie Puss (gin, coconut, mint, lime, served in a zombified tiki glass), Bay Boy Guano (bourbon, creme de cacao, orange bitters), and Crime de Mint (vodka, Midori, creme de menthe, lime).
Stones Throw is debuting a new brunch menu this Sunday, with three courses available for $20 in the main dining room and a la carte options on offer at the bar. It starts out with a bread basket, moves onto main courses (fried chicken with gravy and eggs, pork belly frittata, or a butter-fried pancake, for example), and ends on a rotating sweet note. For now, it’s peach bellini doughnuts with champagne glaze. Pair it all with a large-format cocktail or two to share for the table — but only on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Over in Rockridge, the Ding Japanese Restaurant space is already seeing new life as a Vietnamese restaurant called Pho U. Expect to see a fairly standard — though that’s certainly not a bad thing given the lack of Vietnamese restaurants in the vicinity.
More Hong Kong-style desserts
Metro Milk Tea is now open at 928 Stockton Street in Chinatown. Hot lunch plates and boba tea drinks are available, but the focus here is on Hong Kong-style desserts — more than 60 of them. Sweet soups, jellies, glutinous rice balls, papaya stews, taro balls, and more are all on offer.
Mark your calendars
Tickets seem sure to sell out early for this year’s installment of L’Chaim Napa Valley, a celebration of Jewish vintners on Saturday, October 27 at Congregation Beth Shalom (1455 Elm Street, Napa). That’s because — in addition to 16 wineries pouring their favorite selections and rare vintages — there will be a three-course dinner from David Nayfeld of Che Fico fame.