bars and restaurants
The coming months are going to be bringing sister business for three popular cocktail spots in town. First up will be The Third Rail, the Range spinoff opening before the end of the year in Dogpatch, but that will be followed by a new Mexican project from the team behind Hi Tops, and the long awaited Bar Agricole spinoff on New Montgomery Street, now named Trou Normand.
These all get filed under "opening in eight months to a year (or more)," but sometimes it's fun to look ahead at the projects we know that are coming down the pipeline from some noted local chefs.
Big in food news this week is the imminent opening of AQ's spinoff, two doors away, called TBD; a chef shuffle at Comstock Saloon; Umami Burger moves into SoMa; and Maverick is struck by fire in the Mission.
The new Michelin Guide to the Bay Area for 2014 drops today, and at a 'Stars Gala' at the Bentley Reserve last night all the chefs and restaurateurs honored with stars and Bib Gourmand status were feted. Most of them only found out about their renewed (or new) inclusion in the guide yesterday by phone, so it's a source of annual excitement for the local food world.
Ah, fall. It's around the corner, and it's traditionally a time of year when lots of restaurants try to rush to open before the holidays. This year there are a handful of higher-profile openings that you should keep an eye out for.
The unofficial end of summer for the rest of the country is upon us, but we all know that the best is yet to come, weather-wise, for San Francisco. Also, there's a lot to look forward to this fall, bar and restaurant-wise.
In this week's restaurant bulletin we have the impending closure of Luella on Russian Hill, tonight's closure of Canteen on Lower Nob Hill, and updates about two new spots coming to Cow Hollow.
This week in food-world news, Daniel Patterson's casual spinoff of Coi, gets a name, SliderBar expands, Gitane launches a new regional tasting menu, and Beer Hall, a new beer bar, debuts.