This week in local food news we've got an update on the Absinthe Group's Spanish concept coming to SoMa, the opening of the Second Act Marketplace in the old Red Vic, and some movement on a long dormant space in the Castro.
If your East Bay pals haven't already drilled this into you, you should know that there are plenty of reasons to head to Oakland and Berkeley to eat these days, and/or plenty of reasons to be happy with your dinner once you've been dragged over there for a baby shower, or similar. Check out seven fairly recent additions to the drinking and dining landscape over there, should you find yourself on the other side of the bridge after nightfall.
In this week's bevy of restaurant news we have the closing of a 50-year-old institution in outer Mission, the relocation of popular spot Lolo in the Mission, an update on two new bars opening this spring, and an update on the Sons & Daughters spinoff arriving soon in North Beach.
Here in the second half of January we have three premieres happening in the local theater scene.
Coming up this spring and summer are a new miniature golf course with a restaurant and bar, and a revamp and renovation of Cafe du Nord with a menu from the Flour + Water team and a bar program from the Trick Dog boys.
In the February print issue of 7x7, which is the annual Big Eat Issue and out this week, I take you on a tour of some of the city's most unique and beautiful desserts featuring out-of-the-ordinary winter citrus. Of course, this being the height of citrus season in local farmers' markets, you'll also find tons of great cocktails around town featuring the freshest of the fresh blood oranges, Meyer lemons, and more.
In this week's food-scene news, the Mission's Roxy's Cafe calls it quits, Mama's in North Beach is opening a new market and a second location nearby, Bun Mee debuts a second location in the FiDi, and Fifth Floor says goodbye for good.
There's been a mini boom in new and revamped Japanese restaurants in the Bay Area lately, in case you weren't aware, and we're here to alert you to five of the most recent additions.
This week we have a quick turnaround for the former Moishe's Pippic space, an expansion of Hog Island Oyster Co. at the Ferry Building, the reopening of Three Twins Ice Cream in the Lower Haight, and Frances has just added Monday nights.
A bunch of new productions will be premiering around the Bay by month's end, including a pair of new plays at Berkeley Rep, but first up we have a high-budget, fascinating "immersive theater" experience from the Boxcar Theater company happening in the Tenderloin, and a revival of a century-old George Bernard Shaw anti-war play at A.C.T.
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