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- Good news for anyone who’s waited in hours-long lines for Koi Palace dim sum: There will soon be a new location of the legendary Chinese restaurant at which to feast. Koi Palace Contempo will open in Cupertino in early 2022, reports the SF Chronicle, as part of a massive multi-use development on Stevens Creek Boulevard. The 160-seat restaurant will offer a slightly condensed menu from Koi Palace in Daly City, with dim sum offerings along the lines of sister restaurant Palette Tea House. It will be the fourth Koi Palace for owners Ronny and Will Ng, who first opened in Daly City in 1996, and also run Dragon Beaux in the Richmond and Palette Tea House in SF and San Mateo. [SF Chronicle]
- After nearly two years closed, Mission favorite the Jelly Donut has reopened, reports Mission Local. The extended hiatus was not initially pandemic-related — rather, the Nhul family, who have owned and operated the donut shop since 1987, closed it in August 2019 for required seismic retrofitting, a process that was then drawn out over the course of an additional year and a half by the arrival of the pandemic. The Jelly Donut is back to its beloved hours as well: Daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. [Mission Local]
- Bissap Baobab is bringing back the dance party just in time for summer. Little Baobab SF, the smaller sister restaurant to the now-closed Bissap Baobab restaurant and club, reopens its tiny dance floor this weekend and every weekend for dinner, cocktails, and rollicking dance parties from 10 to 1:30 a.m. (Friday and Saturday nights only). As part of the announcement on Instagram, owner Marco Senghor tells fans that “between us,” the team is working on reopening the original Bissap Baobab in a new space.
- It’s last call for the Kebabery in Oakland: The five-year old restaurant from the team behind Camino will serve its last skewer on Market Street this Sunday, and reopen in Berkeley in the coming weeks, reports the SF Chronicle. The Kebabery’s new Berkeley digs are just two miles north at 2929 Shattuck Avenue — an address that was initially planned as a much-anticipated second location of the kebab house. Instead, the Berkeley building will soon be home to both the Kebabery and the first permanent location of former Camino pastry chef Marykate McGoldrick’s dessert pop-up, called Sesame Tiny Bakery. [SF Chronicle]
- Scott’s Seafood is embarking on an expansion of its fast-casual business, Scott’s Chowder House, and it has tapped a Michelin-starred chef to serve as consultant. Laurent Manrique, who’s led the kitchen at Campton Place and Aqua and currently co-owns Cafe de la Presse, has signed on as “culinary advisor” for the spinoff, which first opened in San Jose at the end of 2020. Scott’s Chowder House Market Square, the second location of the grab-and-go spot, opens today, Wednesday, July 14, to be followed by locations in San Francisco and Palo Alto.