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Michelin-Starred Chef Brandon Jew Has His Eye on Mill Valley

Plus, the other San Francisco restaurant Kanye West hit last week, and more intel

Sweet-and-sour chicken at Mamahuhu Patricia Chang
Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.
  • It looks like Michelin-starred chef Brandon Jew and his more casual Mamahuhu restaurant are heading to Mill Valley. According to documents filed with the city, Jew and the Mamahuhu team hope to open a second location of the fast-casual Chinese-American restaurant in Marin County by September or October of this year. Jew, whose flagship restaurant Mister Jui’s in Chinatown holds one Michelin star, opened Mamahuhu in the Inner Richmond in January 2020; the counter-service restaurant serves steam-table staples like sweet-and-sour chicken and beef and broccoli with a commitment to using high-quality ingredients. The second location would open at 173 Throckmorton Avenue, in the space formerly occupied by Mill Valley Beerworks, and would be Jew’s first foray outside of San Francisco proper and into the ’burbs. In a statement submitted to the city, the Mamahuhu team says they’re “very fond of Marin County” and Mill Valley, having spent countless weekends biking, hiking, and generally hanging out in the area. Jew was not immediately available for comment.
  • Nari wasn’t the only San Francisco restaurant Kanye West hit up last week. The rapper and would-be politician also enjoyed a meal at Spruce, the Michelin-starred Presidio Heights restaurant known for fine dining, as well as its excellent burger at the bar. A spokesperson for the restaurant says West dined at the restaurant on Thursday, July 1. He entered through the back (per the request of his security team) and was “extremely private,” though he and his guests were also “polite and kind.” The group ate lunch in the Laurel room, a private dining room in the back of the restaurant that’s hosted at least one other notable guest in recent memory; in 2015 Spruce and the Laurel room played host to President Obama and a handful of tech big-wigs, including Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff and Tesla’s Elon Musk.
  • Caviar and sparkling wine are back on the menu at San Francisco’s iconic Ferry Building. The SF Chronicle reports that local caviar producer Tsar Nicoulai will once again open a location at the landmark building, specifically in the former McEvoy Ranch olive oil space, across the way from Acme Bread. The menu will be concise and should include options for those who aren’t looking to splurge as caviar flights could range from $20 to $100 for 2 ounces of roe with the usual accoutrements and small bites starting around $10, according to the Chronicle. The new location will be the famed caviar brand’s return to the Ferry Building; its original location closed in 2009, and was later taken over by Heath Ceramics. [SF Chronicle]
  • Gordon Biersch Brewery got its start in Palo Alto in 1988 — and appears committed to staying here in the Bay, if the company’s sizable investment in San Jose is any indication. The Mercury News reports that a real estate entity associated with the brewery spent $11.8 million for a 3.1-acre property in San Jose’s Japantown. The site is already home to Gordon Biersch brewery complex and primary operations and the story quotes Dan Gordon, the brewery company’s principal executive, expressing a commitment to staying in San Jose “forever.” [Mercury News]


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