Around town in the food scene this week we have a couple of major closures, big changes in store for others, and a look ahead at new things to come – including a huge new Market Hall in Mission Bay.
First off, one of the biggest items of the week, in case you missed it, is the announcement that Fleur de Lys will be closing after 44 years in business on Nob Hill – 28 years with chef Hubert Keller in the kitchen. Their last day will be June 28.
Also closing, come September, is 35-year-old Tante Marie's Cooking School. The institution built by self-taught cook Mary Risley is closing its Francisco Street digs, but Risley says she'll still be teaching private classes out of her home kitchen, as she did in the early days of the school. [Tablehopper]
Yoshi's San Francisco is also going to be closing, the sushi part at least, with the music venue and restaurant changing hands as of July. The offshoot of the popular jazz-and-sushi spot in Oakland never quite got out from under the loans it was given by the city, and will be taken over by a new group called Fillmore Entertainment, who'll be giving the space a pop/hip-hop/R&B vibe and a new name. The restaurant, meanwhile, is going to transform completely, likely into something more casual, and not Japanese. It's not yet clear when the existing eatery will close. [Mercury-News]
TBD (1077 Mission Street), next door to its sister restaurant AQ in SoMa, is changing its menu format, apparently in an effort to draw more clientele at a lower price point than AQ. They're getting rid of the a la carte menu and will be doing a $45 four-course menu instead. Look for the change to start on Sunday night. [Inside Scoop]
A quick update on the still unnamed project from Ravi Kapur and the Nopa team, going in at 871 Sutter Street: I ran into Kapur last week and he mentioned that they're still in process with city permits, and they'll be lucky to get open by the end of the year. But stay tuned.
And coming down the pike is a huge new project from Los Angeles restaurateur Tony Riviera, dubbed Market Hall, which is headed for 185 Channel Street in one of the new Mission Bay developments. Modeled on New York's Eataly and Dean & Deluca, it will "be composed of 10,000 square feet spanning fresh meat, poultry, seafood and locally sourced produce, plus cheese, charcuterie, and retail beer and wine," as Eater reports. And it's coming up quick: Riviera is targeting a Labor Day opening. This will be the flagship location, with plans to open others in San Diego, Seattle, and Dallas. [Eater]
Over in Oakland look for Jack London Square to get one more restaurant later this summer: Jack's Oyster Bar and Fish House, from Bocanova guy Rick Hackett. Looks like he's planning to give old stalwart Scott's a run for their money. [Inside Scoop]