Tuesday Nine: Mason Pacific Is Back (With a New Chef)

Plus Social Kitchen turns six, Forgery turns one, and wouldn't you like to eat at a restaurant owned and operated by North Korea?

[jump] Mason Pacific Returns With a New Chef
The fire was two months ago and the restaurant has reopened, but this time without Sean McTiernan in the kitchen. According to Eater, Mason Pacific (1358 Mason) has nabbed Burlington, Vt.'s Max Mackinnon, who won a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant at Pistou four years ago.

Social Kitchen Turns Six, Issues Serious-Sounding Belgian Beer
On Wednesday, May 18, from 4 p.m. to midnight, Social Kitchen and Brewery (1326 Ninth Ave.) will throw itself a sixth birthday replete with $5 tap beer, live music from Feelosophy, and a special menu by Executive Chef Andrew Greene that revolves around the “Tripel Double,” an anniversary brew that's triple-aged in red wine barrels with Brettanomyces.

And the Award For Quickest Expansion Goes to…
Poki Time, which Hoodline confirms will take over the Marina KFC/Taco Bell (2101 Lombard) a mere two months after opening its first location in the Sunset (549 Irving).

A Taste of Turkey Pop-Up at Merigan

This Saturday, May 15, after studying Turkish cuisine for six years, Chef Jeff Harpel will throw a five-course pop-up at Merigan Sub Shop (636 Second St.) called A Taste of Turkey. Tickets for one of the five seatings every half hour from 6 p.m. on are $50 (with beer and wine available for purchase), and you'll get some hard-to-find-elsewhere dishes, like a cold yogurt soup and cheese pastry, or beef cheeks (with pomegranate, onion, and sweet rice).

Forgery Turns One, Invites Circus
Well, not entirely. But Forgery (1525 Mission) will celebrate its first revolution around the sun Monday, May 16 at 8 p.m. with a Green Chartreuse Cotton Candy, a Fernet Fountain, and a visit from Me So Hungry. So much more fun and ethical than abused elephants and underpaid lion tamers!

A New Hotel and Bar For Union Square
It's a long ways away, but the parcel at 425 Mason will quite likely morph into a 77-room hotel with a ground-level bar, says the Business Times.

A Business Insider Article on Cost-Cutting Measures at Dropbox Contains This Sentence
“Although the company denies it, some believe the snack stands are now placed more sporadically in order to reduce the employees' frequency of snack consumption by making it a little harder to get to them.” What's more cringe-inducing, the whining over withdrawn baubles or the fact that management lied about it? 

You Can No Longer Live-Stream the Erotic Consumption of Bananas in China
Learn more about the practice of “virtual gifting,” via CNN. 

But You Can Eat at One of 130 Restaurants Operated by the Government of North Korea
It makes sense, as The New York Times speculates, that these are likely money-laundering operations for a regime that can't find its population reliably. But who knew? (Ahem, Vice, I really want to see the menu.)

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