Foodie Updates: La Rondalla's Rebirth, Red Hill Station in Bernal, and More
This week's roster of food news starts with the Mission, where La Rondalla is finally, finally reopening after looking like it was ready to reopen for the last two years. Also, Gashead Tavern – from the owner of the recently shuttered Attic – is on its way to the former Charanga space, and Fearless, the first of two SoMa eateries from Il Cane Rosso chef Lauren Kiino just swung open its doors.
First up, La Rondalla (901 Valencia Street), the once grungy bar and Mexican restaurant that boasted some hilarious Yelp reviews, is finally reopening at the hands of the original owner's daughters. As Inside Scoop reports, after many delays, they're finally reopening the renovated bar on May 1 after a seven-year closure. Many menu favorites, including the botanas and the margaritas, will be back, as will at least a few Christmas lights. Fun fact: Quentin Tarrantino drank there once. [Inside Scoop]
Many were sad to learn that 24th Street dive bar The Attic shut its doors for good last Sunday night, but owner Rodger Howell of the Haight's Murio’s Trophy Room is moving his operations over to the new Gashead Tavern (2351 Mission Street), in the former Charanga space. Tablehopper has a draft menu, which includes British-y fare like bangers and mash, and fish and chips, as well as sliders and salads and the like. There's a full bar and 10 beers on tap, and the plan is to be open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. They're aiming for a late April opening, pending inspections. [Tablehopper]
In SoMa, the long-awaited new projects by Il Cane Rosso's Lauren Kiino are finally here, with the first, a cafe called Fearless, now open at 303 Second Street. Fans have been waiting for years for Kiino, who was once a chef at Coi, to open her own full-service restaurant, and that is coming as well, next door, in the form of Red Dog. It's a restaurant and bar that's been in the works for two years now, with menu influences from the rustic cuisines of Italy, France, and America (including, probably, her spin on the Hangtown Fry, and her famed deviled ham Scotch eggs). Look for Red Dog to debut sometime in May. [Inside Scoop]
Over in Bernal, the venerable and still delicious Blue Plate (3218 Mission Street) is ringing in 15 years in business next month. Chef-partner Jeff Trenam spilled a secret to their longevity in an interview to Zagat, and says they might just stay open forever. "I don't know what I would do if I walked down this street and Blue Plate was occupied by some other business. I'd probably throw rocks at it." Also, to celebrate, they're doing a couple winemaker dinners May 1-3. [Zagat]
Also in Bernal, in the former Blue Star Elephant space, look out for the late-spring/early summer opening of Red Hill Station (803 Cortland Avenue), a small, new, neighborhood-focused seafood spot from a pair of Anchor Oyster Bar alums, Taylor Pederson and Amy Reticker. Pederson will serve as chef, and the plans are for a daily selection of raw bar items, plus a concise, rotating, seasonal dinner menu on the California tip. They're also planning to engage the neighborhood with a part-time fish market, selling market fish to go for home cooking at 4:00 p.m. They're hoping for late May or early June opening. [Bernalwood, Eater]