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New Steakhouse Beckons Castro Meat Lovers

Blind Butcher is open in the former Beso space on 18th

Angus slider at Lark, Blind Butcher’s sister restaurant next door

Blind Butcher serving steaks and more on 18th Street

Dunya and Lark chef Coskun Abik has opened a new business on some prime Castro real estate, the 4058 18th Street space that was previously Beso. The new spot, next to his restaurant Lark, is called Blind Butcher, and the emphasis is steaks and bistro fare. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Join the West Coast Riesling Society

30 producers from California, Oregon, and Washington are showcasing all things West Coast Riesling this month from May 30 to June 1. Local wine folks and Riesling fanatics Andrew Paul Nelson (Companion Wine Co.) and Angel Davis (Fig & Thistle) organized the “Inaugural Congress & Bacchanal:” The festivities start with a Thursday happy hour at Lazlo, Friday Riesling Seminars at Union Larder, Fool’s Errand, and Fig & Thistle Market, and culminate on Saturday with a grand tasting at the Swedish American Hall.

Blue Bottle recalls exploding coffee cans

Cans of Blue Bottle coffee beans have been recalled by the company after the business received 13 reports of exploding cans, resulting in one injury (a finger cut). Nestlé purchased a majority stake in Blue Bottle in 2017, and Blue Bottle has been touting its cans as a “revolutionary” way to sell its whole bean coffee.

Red Tavern adds Happy Hour

Recently reborn SF Russian restaurant Red Taver has a new option for customer favorites like pelmeni, beef blintzes, and pan fried potatoes. A Russian beer and a snack is $12 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and they’ve also added a kakheti cocktail, a sort of Slavic version of sangria.