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Friday, January 22, 2010

Yats Owner Says Jack's Nudged Him Out

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 8:03 AM

click to enlarge Yats' gumbo: Now appearing at Jack's? - T. PALMER
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  • Yats' gumbo: Now appearing at Jack's?
We got a call from Yats owner Yon Davis last night. On Wednesday, we reported that Jack's Club ― the Potrero Flats bar where, until mid-December, Yats served up a roster of New Orleans dishes -- seemed to have appropriated Yats' menu. Davis told us that Jack's knew he was looking for a new home for his operation, and nudged Yats' out in the hopes of capitalizing on the clientele his business had generated. There weren't any money disagreements between the two parties, Davis says, but in his mind, Jack's figured it could make more money handling the kitchen itself. (Davis is operating out of temporary daytime digs at Annie's Bistro, 2819 California at Divisadero, under the name Creole Soups and Such.)

As for Jack's, we're not so sure aping Yats' menu is fooling anyone. Someone told Davis that Jack's has even appropriated his "where Yat" slogan (reconfigured as "where Jack's") on its menu, but couldn't say for sure. We do know that Davis is planning to reopen Yats at 4800 Third St. (at Oakdale) in April, and a soup kiosk somewhere in the FiDi. When he does, we'll head to both establishments to gather specimens for a po'boy face-off.

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