Plus The Lodge on Haight will replace Rickybobby, Instacart messes with its shoppers, and a little glimpse into the Japanese artisans who craft fake plastic food.
[jump] The Minnesota Street Project Opens Friday, With Daniel Patterson Restaurant Coming in the Fall
Daniel Patterson — whose Daniel Patterson Group of restaurants includes Alta CA, Coi, Plum Bar, the revitalized Alfred's Steakhouse, and others — will open yet another outpost at the Minnesota Street Project in the Dogpatch. According to the Chronicle, the arts space will open this Friday, and Patterson's yet-to-be-named restaurant will debut in the fall, presumably after he's wrapped things up with Loco'l. Details are few, but this will be a biggie.
The Lodge on Haight Will Take Over the Former Rickybobby
Rickybobby closed in January, and Matt Nudelman (who was formerly the chef at nearby Greenburger's) has taken it over. According to Hoodline, the space at 400 Haight St. will become The Lodge on Haight sometime in April, serving comfort foods like Greenburger's Buffalo mac 'n' cheese, a vegan sloppy joe, and a curry-braised bone-in lamb shank.
MINA Test Kitchen's “Diane's Bloody Mary Brunch”
On Easter Sunday (March 27, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.), Chef Michael Mina's wife Diane will roll out some Bloody Marys to go with Chef Adam Sobel’s brunch menu at the MINA Test Kitchen (2120 Greenwich). From there, they'll be available with weekend brunch service during the run of the Test Kitchen's Indian pop-up, Rajat Parr and Vikrant Bhasin's The Company. Made with heirloom garden tomatoes, a dashi broth, and lovage, Diane Mina's base provides a foundation for some serious Bloody Mary action. The Marina Gold, for instance, contains Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon Whiskey, a bacon-wrapped date, Tajin-spiced pineapple, orange, and a Tajin & Peppadew rim.
North Beach's Melt! Will Become Peppercorn
Twelve-year-old North Beach wine bar Melt! — unrelated to The Melt — will turn into Peppercorn this summer, according to Hoodline. Look for a salad-y, sandwich-y kind of menu over there at 700 Columbus Ave.
Instacart Pulls an Uber, Screws Its “Shoppers”
The first paragraph of this Business Times story really sums up the new math for Instacart drivers: “San Francisco-based delivery startup Instacart has slashed pay for its couriers, a change that could force some drivers to nearly triple the amount of goods they deliver in order to make the same amount.” The “shoppers” (as Instacart calls its contractors) will now earn $1.50 per “drop-off” (down from $4). And this comes after the company already raised its annual fee from $99 to $149. So is Instacart pulling an Uber, or a Homejoy?
Jack London Square Sold to L.A. Developer
I'm always a little weirded out when people buy things that sound like public properties, but the Merc reports that Oakland's booming retail, restaurant, and office complex Jack London Square has been sold to CIM Group for an undisclosed price. (I wonder what the titular author's Klondike Hut goes for per square foot?)
Are You Curious About the Japanese Artisans Who Sculpt Plastic Food?
You have to watch this. Half of all the real-looking plastic food in Japanese restaurants comes from one factory. And it's expensive.
Halal Meat and Food Safety in China
The 23 million Muslims in China mostly live in the mountainous western regions, and the country's notorious issues with food safety have not left them untouched. Compounding this, according to the New York Times, are worries that halal foods may actually contain pork and alcohol.
Syracuse, N.Y. Diner Creates Dictator Obama Omelet
It's not really that shocking, nor even interesting, that a diner owner who thinks we live in a totalitarian Communist state would create an egg-and-toast dish called “Dictator Obama/NYS Special (King Cuomo)” and sell it for “$3.59 plus tax.” (The “twist” is that the “tax” amounts to $27.99.”) But the real twist, according to syrcause.com, is that the diner owner and his wife defrauded the state government out of $25,000 in Medicaid benefits because they didn't disclose their full income, and the case is still pending after five years because they refuse to pay it back.