It's one of those months — if you've managed to survive Beer Week, Valentine's Day is creeping up on you, immediately followed by the amazing madness of Chinese New Year. Exhale. We've got any last minute Valentine's Day plans covered, plus a couple of exciting new dining destinations to keep you well fed.
In this week's updates to your food-news radar, we have the shuttering of a ten-year-old Tenderloin lounge, the arrival of Urban Putt's cocktail menu, the opening of Jenn Biesty's much anticipated Oakland restaurant, and the opening of Causwells, a new neighborhood spot in the Marina.
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.
May continues to be the busiest month of the year so far for openings, not to mention all the tidbits coming out about openings slated for later in the year. This week marked the debuts of Palm House, Uno Dos Tacos, Bartlett Hall, Kusakabe, The Commissary, and Ume, and there's only more to come in the next couple of weeks.
The biggest food-news items this week are the reopening, at long last, of Outerlands (albeit for lunch only right now), and the transformation of Oakland's Plum into something a bit more casual, and more Japanese, called Ume.
In this week’s food-world headlines, we have the big update of Michael Bauer’s Top 100 restaurants, a spinoff wine bar and retail shop coming from Saison partner/wine director Mark Bright, and a huge new restaurant and distillery concept coming to Dogpatch from a Portland restaurateur.
It was a big weekend for restaurant openings (and reopenings), kicking off what's going to be a busy spring with so many new food and drink options. In the Mission, Urban Putt debuts tonight, and the grand reopening of La Rondalla happened last Thursday. Also, Dirty Habit opened on schedule, the enlarged Hog Island Oyster Company reopened at the Ferry Building, and 4505 Burgers & BBQ opened its doors on Divisadero, for takeout only.
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.
Front and center among this week's food news is the planned expansion of Tartine Bakery to the Heath Ceramics building at 18th and Alabama. But elsewhere in town, two-year-old Dixie has called it quits in the Presidio, the Mission's new mini-golf course/bar/restaurant Urban Putt is set to open in a few weeks, and French Laundry is heading for a temporary closure – and possible stint as a pop-up.
Maybe you spent those couple of rainy nights this week huddled at home, or maybe you returned to your favorite, most comforting neighborhood haunts for familiar meals. In any event, here's what's been happening in the restaurant scene while you were hiding out.