The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the
San Francisco restaurant scene.
leads this week's edition with news that an izakaya named Chotto
(3317 Steiner St.) will open Monday, Dec. 6. The pitch: sushi with Japanese fish, grilled skewers, pickles and small plates, and a long menu of shochu and sake bottles.
reports that Paul Canales is leaving Oliveto
after 15 years. Canales sous'ed under Michael Tusk, became chef de cuisine under Paul Bertolli; then when Bertolli left to start Fra' Mani, Canales took over executive chef duties. Like most celebrity couples that break up, restaurant and chef say the split was amicable; Oliveto already has a new chef named -- Jonah Rhodehamel -- and Canales hints that he has a lil' something on the side. Details forthcoming. In other chef-change news, Tablehopper
mentions that Cellar Door Cafe's Charlie Parker will be joining the staff at Plum
on Dec. 13, a few weeks early.
shares the good news about the opening of The Grill
in SOMA (799 Bryant, 543-4745), which specializes in Chicago hot dogs, foot-longs, deli sandwiches, and something called the "Heart Attack."
reports that Top Chef
contestant Ryan Scott (of Mission Beach Cafe, back in the day) is launching a new food truck called 3-Sum Eats
at the Upper Haight Off the Grid on Thursday night. The pitch: a few sandwiches, salads, soups, plus gnocchi Tater Tots. SFoodie sincerely hopes that Scott didn't intend any double entendres with a name like "3-Sum." Because that wouldn't be family friendly.
According to a piece about Tell Tale Preserve Co.
in this week's T Magazine
, William Werner's pastry shop on Maiden Lane won't be opening until February. Tell Tale's backers, the Whisk Group, seem to be experiencing a few logistical problems. Tablehopper
just learned that another Whisk project named Brasserie Lille
won't be coming to 101 California, as was reported six months back. Owner Mark Weiss says he's looking for a new location.
Two more Tablehopper finds: A restaurant named Mazzat Lebanese will be opening
at 501 Fell in Hayes Valley. And, come mid-January, the Wine Jar's owner, Kamran Shirazi, is opening a second wine bar
called Pe Yale