Open/Shut Report: Salt & Straw, Flowershop, and RT Rotisserie

Plus many other sexy openings, from an Irish pub in Oakland (Slainte) to an EDM-themed boba tea joint, and a few sad closures as well.

Now Open

Brown Sugar Factory and Blue Pea (525 Valencia St.) In the space that used to be Valencia & Kebab, there are now two restaurants. Brown Sugar Factory is a breakfast joint, and Blue Pea is an Asian-fusion spot? Since they’re technically owned by the same people, why separate into two? Hoodline says the owners were told no one would believe that you could get crispy noodle Pad Thai from the same spot that does mascarpone pancakes.

Gosu (1014 Clement St.). Although it’s still in the soft-opening phase, the Richmond has its EDM-themed bubble tea shop, Gosu. Right now, owner Joey Tran has mostly lemonades and teas, but once the menu is fully up and running, Hoodline says there will be fruit sushi, bacon-wrapped avocado fries, and mini octopus corn dogs. It’s going to be open until 2 a.m., with a sick bass drop to announce closing time.

HMart (North San Jose.) The Mercury-News announces the first Northern California location of upscale-yet-affordable Korean supermarket HMart. Tentative plans for a few more locations around the Bay Area, even San Francisco, are on the table. We got one of these in my hometown, and let me tell you: It’s the shit, especially the flash-frozen eel.

Kured (468 19th St., Oakland). Uptown Oakland Modern Spanish restaurant Duende‘s Paul Canales opened a fast-casual spot tucked inside its bodega. It’s called Kured, and as you might expect, there are lots of cured-meat sandwiches. Look for its Wednesdays through Fridays, and note that is separate from Duende’s regular lunch service.

La Flamme (28 Belden Place). This lunch-only spot on the lower level of Pachino specializes in tarte flambee and other pizza-like dishes from Alsace.

Steep Creamery (270 Brannan St.) Boba tea drinks are trendy, but rolled ice cream is even trendier, and that’s what you can find at this spinoff of SoMa’s Steep Coffee and Tea.

Zita (2862 24th St.) Hoodline says a wine bar called Zita has been up and running in Noe Valley for several months, in the former Sugarlump. Surprisingly, Noe Valley doesn’t have any wine bars, but there’s an opening party this Friday, April 14, from 7-10 p.m., where you an talk about this odd fact over bruschetta and rosé. 


On the horizon


A Mano (450 Hayes St.) The Adriano Paganini train rolls on. The latest restaurant from Back of the House Inc. (Super Duper, The Bird, Starbelly, Beretta, Belga, Delarosa) will be called A Mano, and it will be all about fresh pasta, with Chef Freedom Rains (formerly of RN74 and Incanto) in the kitchen. Look for its Italian-Californian menu in May.

BarnZu (711 Geary St.) Hoodline reports that, one year after The Brim began serving Korean fried chicken, co-owner Min Choe is changing its name to BarnZu to reflect a menu retooling that expands into small plates, beer, sake, and soju cocktails.

Cantina Di Liguria (532 Columbus Ave.). In the space that used to house Rose Pistola, which closed in February, a Ligurian restaurant tentatively named Cantina Di Liguria will open in the next few months, according to Hoodline.

City Counter (115 Sansome St.) An Art Deco building downtown will soon house this nod to lunch counters, a sort of back-to-the-future, fast casual approach. City Counter and its row of stools are at the same address as Blue Bottle Coffee and cocktail bar The Treasury, and its sandwiches should be available next month.

Contrasto Test Kitchen (388 Grand Ave., Oakland). Chiaroscuro closed in the fall, and chef Alessandro Campitelli has now opened Contrasto Test Kitchen in the former Kitchen 388 in Oakland. A pasta-centric project, Eater says the pop-up’s menu will rotate frequently, featuring dishes like pasta carbonara and bucatini all’amatriciana.

Emporium (616 Divisadero St.) This opening isn’t news-news, but Hoodline reports that the launch of arcade-bar-and-venue Emporium inside the Harding Theater has been pushed back to late summer owing to unforeseen complications with the buildout in a 90-year-old space.

Flowershop (753 Alabama St.) The long-awaited cocktail bar from the Lazy Bear peeps will open this August in the former Tradesman space. Inside Scoop says the 35-seat space will contain a cocktail bar and a “pre-ticketed cocktail tasting experience with paired snacks” elsewhere. And to the extent practical, everything will be made then and there.

Humphry Slocombe (2335 Broadway, Oakland). The third location of the Mission’s weirdest ice-cream parlor will open this summer inside The Hive in Uptown Oakland, according to Berkeleyside. That means Secret Breakfast and McEvoy olive oil hit the East Bay for the first time.

Nourish (1030 Hyde St.) Outstanding Inner Richmond vegan eatery Nourish plans to open a second location where Nob Hill’s Flour & Co. used to be, and there should be a lot more seating (along with Stumptown Coffee) once it opens in early May.

Oakland United Beerworks (Jack London Square, Oakland). After Linden Street Brewery seemingly went bust and sold its home to Old Kan Beer & Co., it appears that it’s back as Oakland United Beerworks, which will open a taproom near Jack London Square in late summer, according to Eater — which also notes the imminent arrival of Golden Road, a forthcoming Temescal brewpub that has people irritated because the corporate parent is none other than Anheuser-Busch InBev.

RT Rotisserie (101 Oak St.) Sarah and Evan Rich of Rich Table will open a second, comparatively casual restaurant around the block this spring. The 1,200-square-foot RT Rotisserie will focus on comfort foods like oysters, rotisserie chicken, and sandwiches, and a homey spirit shall pervade.

Sababa (329 Kearny St.) As with Nourish (above), the 11-month-old FiDi Mediterranean spot from Matt Semmelhack and Guy Eshel plans a second, much larger location on Commercial Street with a machine capable of dramatically higher pita output. Look for a May debut. 

Salt & Straw (2201 Fillmore St.) Finally! After maximum levels of anticipation have been reached, S.F.’s first location of this Portland export will open Friday, April 14 in Pacific Heights. You can also get some at a pop-up on the fourth floor of the Westfield Centre the day before from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

San Francisco Brewing Co. (Ghiradelli Square). The transformation of a tourist-dominated quadrant of S.F. into a place for locals continues as SFGate unearthed a liquor license. Details will be fully hashed out in the near term, but it’s the same spot where Lagunitas had a beer garden last summer.

Sláinte (131 Broadway, Oakland). Although last-minute issues forced the opening party to be rescheduled for April 22, we’re excited about the prospect of an Irish bar that serves food all day and looks great instead of terrible. Sláinte (“SLON-cha”) is a project from the Hopscotch team, and starting May 1, it’ll be open from 10 a.m. daily, with a full Irish breakfast served all day.

Theorita (834-838 Divisadero St.) David Nayfeld and Angela Pinkerton’s forthcoming Italian taverna Che Fico will shoehorn another restaurant inside the same address. Because pastry chef Pinkerton has a surfeit of energy after assembling a dessert menu, Theorita will be a 50-seat, diner-like concept largely dedicated to sweet and savory pies. It’s going to take awhile, though (most likely December).


Shuttered or Destined to Close


Adesso (4395 Piedmont Ave., Oakland). Inside Scoop reported Friday that Adesso, which started up at the dawn of the salumi-charcuterie renaissance, will close in the next few weeks to let the team focus on their main squeeze, Oakland Italian restaurant Dopo.

Loló Cevichería (3230 22nd St.) The original home of Loló before it moved a couple blocks away on Valencia has shuttered again, putatively because the lease ran out.

Mosu (1552 Fillmore St.) Sung Anh’s one-Michelin-starred Korean restaurant will close April 29, and take its 12-course, $195 tasting menu to Seoul. Anh tells Eater that the move is for personal reasons (and theoretically temporary), and has nothing to do with the cost of running a business in S.F.

Two Sisters Bar & Books (579 Hayes St.) East Bay residents Mikah Diaz and Alana O’Neal have decided to close Two Sisters after five-and-a-half years in business, but it’s only because they’re opening something called Les Arceaux in what used to be Bistro LiaisonTablehopper says it’s going to happen once the liquor license transfers, with an opening date of 2018, so you only have a few more weeks at TSB&B. 

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