Where Have All the Daddies Gone?
Will a brewpub make it on tony Fillmore Street? Only time will answer that question for the partners behind the B-Spot. Led by brewer Elliot Fink and chef Brad Petway, the B will be housed in the (pull out your hankies, boys) space formerly occupied by the long-lamented Alta Plaza at Fillmore and Clay. The project will star the beers of Dr. Joseph Owades -- the inventor, for better or worse, of light (lite?) beer. The good Doctor, who has also worked with Tuborg, Anchor, Sam Adams, Red Hook, and Pete's, has designed four brews for the location: pilsener, amber, lo-cal, and nonalcoholic. House-made sodas will also be featured, and you can rest assured that the extensive pub menu will feature a root beer float.
Things have been relatively quiet at the 1000 Van Ness building lately. AMC has posted ticket-takers on each floor of the movie theater to stop Harry from enjoying his two-for-one special matinee, and the lobby space that was supposed to house the revolutionary new takeout concept called Eatzie's is still empty. But fear not: Those left unsatisfied by dry popcorn, or craving carbs post-Crunch, will be delighted to hear the Venture Frog guys are opening an as-yet-unnamed noodle and cold bar in what was to have been the Eatzie's spot. The renowned Barbara Tropp of China Moon consulted on a menu that will include hot and cold items to eat in or take away.
Chef George Morrone knows that spring is in the air and a young man's fancy turns to ... roasted squab breast. Six months after its opening, Fifth Floor is changing its menu. Don't worry, the tuna tartare will still be featured (with pistachios this time around). And Harry can't wait to dig into the duet of Wagyu and Argentine beef tenderloin with chickpea fries. ... There's a new chef presiding over the glitterati at the Zodiac Club. Lia Taddei, who last stirred it up at Asia SF, will bring her delicate touch to the astrologically changing menu.
Many thanks to our very smart friends at the New York Times for doing their part toward the beautification of our fair city. Spiffy new awnings adorn a number of our corner stores courtesy of the largess and advertising acumen of this out-of-town paper. The slogan reads, "New York Times: Expect the World," but don't expect the comics.
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