Antica Trattoria Conquered by Austrians, Darwin Cafe Discovered
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.
Paolo L. at Inside Scoop reports that Ruggero Gadaldi (Beretta, Delarosa) is closing his first successful S.F. restaurant, Antica Trattoria (2400 Polk), and selling the business to the owners of Cafe Metropol, Klaus and Albert Rainer. The Rainers plan to reopen in two to four months, selling Austrian-Italian food. Working name: Leopold's. Do you suppose they're referring to the Holy Roman Emperor or the composer?
Jay B. at Grub Street reports two bits of news which we're sure will be fleshed out in the next few weeks. First, that the replacement for the just-closed Cassis will be named Sweet Maple Coffee Shop (2101 Sutter) (Update: Eater posted that bit of news a while back). Second, that the old Schnitzelhaus is being taken over by Daddy O's (294 Ninth St.), a Southern restaurant. Which means, we presume, that our two favorite things about the space ― the antler lamp and the lederhosen on the owner ― will disappear.
Inside Scoop also says that A16 is closing Sept. 7-21 to freshen up its look. It appears to be a tasteful, age-appropriate makeover, not this one.
Tasting Table SF breaks the news that Ebb and Flow's former chef, Vincent Schofield, has resurfaced at Darwin Cafe (212 Ritch, 800-8668). The pitch: Baguettes and pressed sandwiches for lunch, "little skillets" of broiled and roast meats for dinner.