Side Dish

One for the Books
Our friends slogging on at the Waterfront Restaurant & Cafe report that a possible Guinness Book record has just been broken -- for largest number of managers over one 12-month period. The actual total is unconfirmed, but we're told the figure is somewhere around the average age of this paper's readership. Now that's a turnover -- and not the kind filled with apples and dusted with sugar. Newest conscript is Alan Cohen, late of Le Chat Noir, and he's planning on staying for a while.

Red Tape Tango
Rumpus still hasn't reopened after a fire in the apartments above washed out the restaurant below with gallons of H20. The spot was supposed to reopen last month, and a message on its answering machine announced a party in the event's honor. Well, needless to say, that's one party that didn't get off the ground, and now an insurance runaround is keeping this little gem from throwing open its doors once more. Let's hope the red tape is untangled soon: We miss our Rumpus.

Hey Dude, Is That Mission Rock? Well, Turn It Up!
The new Mission Rock, dubbed "Kelly's," is actually pretty cool. You can still enjoy those great post-industrial views of rusting bulkheads while getting toasty with margaritas and sun. And the food is good too, despite the premature departure of chef Richard Crocker. The upstairs is table service all the way, while the downstairs is an order-at-the-window deal, as it was at the old Mission Rock. Harry had his burger downstairs and it was tasty -- but just 'cause there's window service, does that mean there should be no one helping out at the tables? The occasional water refill or plate-clearing wouldn't kill ya, Kelly.

Out of Africa
Harry's not much for roughing it. Sure, I've pitched a tent or two in my time, but I certainly prefer a bathmat to a sleeping mat, so I was a bit reluctant to head to Joie de Vivre, Chip Conley's newly opened luxury campground near Pigeon Point, about an hour's drive down Highway 1. As it turned out, though, my worries were unfounded: There wasn't a tarp in sight. The 178-unit property is named Costanoa -- people of the coast -- and these coast dwellers have it good. There are upscale cabins with rugs, fireplaces, and the whole yardage, as well as a few tent bungalows that present no risk of collapsing on you in the middle of the night. Very Out of Africa; the Ralph Lauren Safari Collection would not be out of place. The site also offers hiking, biking, a beach, a gourmet general store with prepared food, and all the spa luxuries and extras we've come to expect from this growing company.

The Stork Club
Maria Helm "Sinskey" of PlumpJack recently had a baby and is taking a well-deserved maternity leave. She's brought in Keith Luce from the Restaurant at the Little Nell in Aspen to take over duties in her absence. Time to kick back with the little one among the vines -- Harry's offering his baby-sitting services for the small payment of one case of Robert's Reserve pinot noir.

By Harry Coverte

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