Recent Openers July 17-23, 2013
Aquitaine: French chef Laurent Manrique's wine bar is inspired by his home region in southwestern France, and will heavily feature wines from that area. In addition to the vin, there is a food menu that includes duck confit and oysters with Bordelaise sausage salad. 175 Sutter, 402-5290; AquitaineSF.com.
Brass Tacks: Taking up residence in the former Marlena's in Hayes Valley, this new bar's owners have given it a full remodel, opting for hardwood and a fancy chandelier, along with a jukebox. Cocktails with interesting names are uniformly 10 bucks, and the draft beer menu features local and regional selections like Anchor and Stone. There are a few wines on tap as well. 488A Hayes.
Coffee Cultures: Adjacent to the lobby of 225 Bush, this new coffee bar and frozen yogurt vendor is exclusively making coffee with Counter Culture beans from North Carolina, as well as serving Bay Chai, Five Mountains tea and Straus fro yo. 225 Bush, 788-7011; Coffee-Cultures.com.
The Crème Brûlée Shop: The Crème Brûlée Cart now has a second brick-and-mortar cousin at 24th and Mission. Expect to find a menu of crème-filled foil ramekins with flavors including s'mores, Nutella with strawberries, toasted coconut and classic vanilla. 3338 24th St.; TheCremeBruleeCart.com.
Le Marais Bakery: A new bakery in the Marina serving up five types of daily bread including a traditional baguette, country levain, pain de mie, whole wheat, and rye, all of which are produced using organic ingredients. In addition to traditional Italian cookies and cakes, the menu also features salads, sandwiches, savory items, and Stumptown coffee. 2066 Chestnut, 359-9801; LeMaraisBakery.com.
Roka Akor: The third U.S. location of London-based Roka Akor has found a home in Jackson Square. The robata grill will also offer plenty of sushi options, with the fish flown in from Japan. Roka Bar downstairs serves cocktails focusing on Japanese flavors. 801 Montgomery, 362-8887; RokaAkor.com.
Waiheke Island Yacht Club: Inspired by the America's Cup and only open from July 4 until Dec. 31, this new pop-up is from Tony Stewart, owner of the acclaimed Clooney in Auckland. The Pier 29 warehouse-style restaurant features beautifully plated prix fixe and a la carte menu items made from local ingredients. Pier 29, 1256 Embarcadero, 956-1048; WaihekeIslandYachtClub.com.