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Lucky 13 Celebrates 25th Anniversary on Borrowed Time

Plus SF’s first Nigerian restaurant and a splashy cider fair

Caleb Pershan

Luck hasn’t run out yet

A quick update on the long-predicted demise of Lucky 13: The classic Market Street dive is alive and well and about to turn 25, though still slated to be razed for development. “They keep coming for us and we keep bobbing and weaving,” owners write on a Facebook event page for the anniversary party, held this Saturday, April 13, with a barbecue and plenty of beer. Permitting and planning meetings could slow but probably won’t stop the wrecking ball, and an employee tells Hoodline the bar could close in 2020.

Food & Wine celebrates two Bay Area chefs

Food & Wine’s ten best new chefs of 2019 list includes two Bay Area luminaries: Nite Yun, of Fruitvale Cambodian hit Nyum Bai, and Matthew Kammerer at the Harbor House Inn in Mendocino County. Read more about Kammerer hauling seawater out of tidal pools to make his own salt, or Yun’s pitch-perfect kroeung paste here:

Nigerian restaurant Eko Kitchen taking up residency in SoMa

Simileoluwa Adebajo, a former financial analyst with a Nigerian food pop-up, is going all-in on her restaurant Eko Kitchen, she tells the Chronicle. Eko Kitchen will permanently occupy pop-up space Joint Venture Kitchen, where she’s held some popular dinners already, on weekdays starting May 3. Her tweet announcing the move, which was extremely cool, went very viral.

Cider Summit takes the Presidio

It’s the 6th annual Cider Summit in San Francisco, and with new cider bars like Crooked City and Redfield taking the Bay Area by storm, it’s a great time to showcase what’s up in the local cider scene. Sample ciders from South City Cider, Far West Cider, Gowan’s Cider, and more than 100 others on Saturday, April 13 at the Presidio Main post: Tickets available through Friday.

Golden Gate Restaurant Association conference returns

Get out your lanyards: Its time for the 5th Golden Gate Restaurant Association Conference, held next week, April 15 and 16, at the Merchants Exchange Building. It’s an insiders look at the state of the industry, with panels on mental health, automation, and expansion from folks like Tony Gemignani and Daniel Patterson, with an opening keynote from mayor London Breed.