Thursday, March 8, 2012

Goodbye Cafe Fanny, Criolla Kitchen to Become Parish Eleven, and William Werner Has an Address

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

Take a load off Fanny: After 28 years, Berkeley's Cafe Fanny will close tomorrow. According to Inside Scoop, the cafe, opened by Alice Waters and her brother-in-law Jim Maser, is closing due to the economy. General Manager Taylor Gregory expands on the official statement, shared in the Scoop article, by noting the restaurant had been struggling for quite awhile.

While Fanny's readies to shut, Eater SF reminds us Lucky Strike Lanes opens tomorrow, and shows a few snapshots of the place. We're still curious what the best bowling friendly food is (200 King at Fourth St.).

In January we mentioned that Grub Street had noticed a few changes were slated for the less-than-a-year-old restaurant Criolla Kitchen, notably new owners and a new menu. Now Tablehopper discovers a name change for the Southern restaurant: Parish Eleven. While the official relaunch is slated for April, diners can get a sneak peek of the menu at Criolla's Monday night prix fixe dinners.

There's a new place for the Financial District denizens to grab a bite. Tablehopper discovers Darn Good Food is open during the work week, offering nutritious options for the cubicle crowds (322 Kearny at Bush). If you'll remember, Eater SF mentioned the cafe back in January, and emphasized the focus on health -- there's a dietitian on staff.

After a two-year delay, Mela Tandoori Kitchen is open for lunch. Tablehopper, reports the opening, and notes the Indian restaurant will start dinner service later this month (536 Golden Gate at Van Ness).

Pop-up tea time: 7x7 discovers the Financial District clothing store La Boutique is now serving tea Fridays and Saturdays. The lofty retail space will serve as a place to relax with a cup of Kusmi Tea.

Move over smoothies: Eater SF shares via, Eater LA, that Jamba Juice going to remodel its S.F. locations (L.A. NYC, and Seattle too), open more stores, and focus on juices. These new blends will start making their way to S.F. Next week.

And William Werner's patisserie has an address: Inside Scoop discovers it'll fill the third space of the renovated 740 Valencia building (official address: 746 Valencia). Just a reminder, the other two businesses in the complex will be Abbot's Cellar and Dandelion Chocolates.

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