Au revoir, Laundré café
A cleverly named combination laundromat and cafe, Laundré, is now just a laundromat. The business has closed its Mission Street doors to cafe customers after two years “to allow for greater focus and energy on the laundromat portion of Laundré,” owners write on their website. It’s bad news for fans of the previous setup, which allowed laundry-doers to snack and sip coffee while they waited for their clothes to dry. “We are endlessly appreciative of your support and to all those who have found a home in the cafe over the past two years,” management adds.
Peak tomato season gets the menu it deserves
Jackson Square’s Trestle, known for is competitively-priced, $39, prix-fixe menu, is turning its singular focus to tomatoes. ‘Tis the season. Executive chef Chris Bissel is serving starters like early girl tomato soup with whipped burrata and English peas, a supplemental pasta course with tomato-basil ravioli, and entrees like branzino with tomato confit and cherry tomatoes. Tomatoes even get the dessert treatment, with a goat’s milk cheesecake, a “tomato water veil,” basil meringue, and sungold sweet tomato compote. Trestle’s salute to tomato continues August 20.
Valencia Street’s quirkiest cafe reopens, just barely
Eclectic Valencia Street cafe Radio Habana Social Club celebrated a grand reopening on Sunday. But according to co-owner Leila Mansur, the quirky business’ months-long, city-mandated closure for a seismic retrofit hasn’t been terribly grand overall. Radio Habana Social Club closed in April so that work could begin in its building, at which time its owners launched a kickstarter sand old off much of their bizarre art collection to make ends meet. Now they’re back open, Mission Local reports, but as Mansur writes, they’re struggling to regain customers and buy supplies. “Tuesday we sold [three ginger ales], period, thanks to 3 non-drinking musician friends who braved an empty room cause they already knew us,” Mansour writes.
Classic Mission donut shop closes for renovations