Plus Fiorella adds a patio (and gets a new chef), Cadillac Bar & Grill adds Sunday brunch, and Bellota adds lunch.
Burma Superstar Hit With Wage-Theft Suit
The Chronicle reports that three legal aid groups have sued Burma Superstar in Alameda County Court on behalf of more than 100 workers, alleging that the restaurant declined to pay them the minimum wage and denied overtime pay, sick leave, and even breaks. What’s most significant is that this unites groups of workers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. If true, these allegations will likely put a damper on the chain’s planned expansion into Mid-Market.
Fiorella Adds a Patio
Dante Cecchini has replaced Gavin Braid at Fiorella, the Richmond pizza-and-pasta joint with the magnificent cacio e pepe, and the six-month-old restaurant has added an outdoor patio with room for 25. The soft-opening is this weekend. “An outdoor patio in the Richmond?” you might be asking yourself. “That’s bananas!” Well, it’s heated, of course, but I was there on Wednesday wearing shorts and I was comfy. Granted, Wednesday was the only summer-like day of 2016 to date, but the only real drawback of the patio that I can see is that Fiorella declined to wallpaper it like they did the interior.
Schroeder’s Oktoberfest Starts Up Friday, Sept. 16
I love months that are longer than a calendar month, don’t you? No one overdoses on sudsy umlauts all Oktoberfest long like Schroeder’s (240 Front), San Francisco’s 123-year-old Bavarian restaurant, and next Friday, Sept. 16, Front Street will be closed to traffic from 3-8 p.m. as the joint becomes a Hofbräu beer hall with stein-holding contests, bratwurst and pretzels, polka music, dirndls, a “traditional Danish ‘chicken dance,’ ” and lots of hefeweissbeers, doppel bocks, and pilseners. Can’t make it that day? Es ist alles gut! Oktoberfest runs for quite a while longer.
Bellota Debuts a Lunch Menu Full of Montaditos and Mocktails
Chef Ryan McIlwraith of the superlative SoMa tapas restaurant Bellota (888 Brannan) has debuted a lunch menu, available Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Look for plenty of montaditos (little open-faced sandwiches, with manchego, jamon iberico, and other toppings), N/A drinks like the albaricoque (toasted apricot, rosemary, orange, lemon, soda), salads, paellas, and half-portions of some of the heartier dinner dishes, like the fabada (an Asturian white-bean and chorizo stew, with morcilla, pork belly, grilled octopus, and charred and fermented cabbage).
Cadillac Bar & Grill Adds Sunday Brunch
Bucking the trend of many of its (ex-)neighbors, Cadillac Bar & Grill (44 Ninth St.) is expanding service as of this weekend to include Sunday brunch, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. It’s just what you expect: chilaquiles, Eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, and (of course) bottomless mimosas.
Chiaroscuro Closes, Will Become Contrasto
Details are slim, but Inside Scoop reports that Chiaroscuro (550 Washington) has ceased operations and at some unspecified future date will become Contrasto.
Casey’s Pizza Gets a Permanent Digs
Having popped up around town for five years, Casey’s Pizza will follow Del Popolo’s footsteps and get its own brick-and-mortar, which Inside Scoop confirms will be at 1170 Fourth St. in Mission Bay.
Souvla No. 3 Going to Valencia
Eater reports that the third location of the delicious Greek eatery Souvla will open sometime early next year in the space that used to be Grub, at 758 Valencia Street.
Cafe Sophie Space Will Become Sofia Cafe
It’s named for the owners’ daughter, not the capital of Bulgaria, and Hoodline reports that Sofia Cafe should open in early October.
A Photo-Essay on Punk Dive Classic Zeitgeist
Earlier this week, Hoodline did a great story on Zeitgeist (199 Valencia), the punk bar under the Central Freeway overpass which kicks people out for slight provocations but which has changed a lot more over the years than many people seem to give it credit for. And even the bartenders don’t know why the Bloody Mary is so good.
Exoticism With Pineapple: NPR Wades Into the Tiki Bar Debate
Mindless appropriations of South Pacific culture undergird the entire tiki aesthetic, which generally combines volcano gods and bastardized Chinese food with Caribbean rum using the same amount of logic as a diorama of the North Pole that contains penguins. NPR makes some great points, noting that many American evangelicals would lose their shit if people went to “Christian bars” and drank faux-consecrated drinks from Virgin Mary goblets.