Casual Tam Tam restaurant opens from the Tamarine team
Sister-run Vietnamese restaurant and gallery Tamarine now has a more low-key sister restaurant of its own: the new Tam Tam Restaurant at 140 University Avenue. Executive chef Tammy Huynh and partner/sister Tanya Huynh Hartley expanded their Palo Alto business yesterday, opening the new destination for regional Vietnamese dishes like pho bo bac, a Northern style beef pho, and uni and crab cupcakes, a version of a dish from the fishing village of Vung Tau where the Huynh family is from. As at Tamarine, there’s also a gallery of work by Vietnamese artists.
Redwood Room for improvement
The 85-year-old bar inside the Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel (495 Geary) is getting a new look. The space, known for its deco design and redwood walls, last received a facelift in 2001, but now it’s getting more love as part of renovations to the entire hotel, which are set to be completed in January 2020, the Chronicle reports.
Postmates gets big funding delivery and remote-control robots
Food delivery startup Postmates is nearing its IPO, but also busily raising private funds — hauling in a new $225 million in capital separate from its public offering plans, according to Business Insider. Meanwhile, Forbes has the story of Phantom Auto, a Silicon Valley startup using remote controls to guide “self-driving” vehicles: Postmates has tapped Phantom Auto to keep an eye on the fleet of delivery robots its deploying, which aren’t yet ready to fend for themselves, apparently.
Prubechu returning to permanent Mission District space
SF’s Guamanian restaurant Prubechu, which left its last home a year ago, is taking over the space occupied until recently by Michelin-starred Commonwealth, which closed in August after failed negotiations with the landlord there. The Chronicle had the story, glossing over Prubechu’s previous plan to work with restaurateur Daniel Patterson (which the paper had publicized) and failing to address how Prubechu plans to pay the rent that forced Commonwealth to close.