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Foodie Updates: Chef Change at Betelnut, a New Arcade/Bar in Union Square, and More

This week in restaurant news, we have a major chef change at one of the Marina's most popular eateries; a new adult playland, complete with skeeball, opening near Union Square; and the expansion of Smitten Ice Cream.

Zagat Reveals Its Top 30 Under 30 in the Bay Area's Food Scene

While 7x7 has traditionally done a list of the Hot 20 Under 40 (it's now just the Hot 20, we don't discriminate by age, and you can vote on this year's nominees here), Zagat started going city by city through their markets and naming their Top 30 Under 30 in the local food and drink scene. Today they're unveiling this year's list, and we have it for you below. 

Daniel Hyatt Talks Cocktails at Roka Akor

Daniel Hyatt

One of the big summer openings is Roka Akor, a modern Japanese restaurant in the former Zinnia space with a focus on robata grilled items and sashimi, all of which are buoyed by a top-notch bar program by former Alembic guy Daniel Hyatt.

Foodie Updates: Canteen Closing, Bigfoot Lodge Closing, Verbena Due By Fall

One of San Francisco's beloved small restaurants is shutting down next month, and Polk Street is about to see a major upheaval in the bar and restaurant scene.

Theater Preview: 'No Man's Land' and '50 Shades! The Musical'

Coming up later this month and next in the local theater scene is a new parody musical involving last years big BDSM bestseller, and a star-studded revival of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land in its pre-Broadway, out-of-town tryout, starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and Billy Crudup.

Five New-School Bakeries to Try Right Now

20th Century Cafe.

San Francisco has seen a mini-boom in the pastry realm over the last year, and this week's debut of the much anticipated 20th Century Cafe, from former Range pastry chef Michelle Polzine, is just one of a bunch of new places you ought to check out, assuming you enjoy sweets and you eat carbs.

Foodie Updates: Brass Tacks Debuts, a New Tacolicious Arrives, and More

It may have been a short week, work-wise, but the food scene didn't slow down.

Zen and the Art of Unplugging: A Visit to Tassajara

Every story about a visit to Tassajara has to begin with the story of getting to Tassajara. It is no simple journey.

Foodie Updates: A Big New Bar/Restaurant on 11th, Mikkeller Bar Approaches, and More

It's time for this week's highlights in the realm of food and booze news. First up, a big, new bar/restaurant is headed for the heart of SoMa's club land.

'Romeo & Juliet' Gets Reborn at CalShakes

The summer is a fairly quiet time for Bay Area theater, but over in Orinda the California Shakespeare Theater usually puts on some terrific renditions of both Shakespeare plays and classic plays through the season. Next up, starting previews on July 3, is Shakespeare's beloved tragic romance Romeo & Juliet, directed by Shana Cooper. 

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