Plus Custom Burger announces its closure as of next week, and the fracas surrounding art cakes at SFMOMA.
[jump] Bellota Opens With a “Mar Y Montana Tower”
Bellota (888 Brannan) opens this week in the same building that houses Airbnb and the Spanish restaurant's menu looks pretty incredible. Beyond the requisite tapas and paella, there's a “Mar Y Montana [i.e., sea and mountain] Tower” at $50 for two that includes crudo, octopus, oysters, clams, and sable. Kinda excited to see Executive Chef Ryan McIlwraith's presentation, too.
Blue Bottle's Caitlyn Williams Freeman Stung by SFMOMA's New Art Cakes
“Essentially, Freeman invented a genre of pastry in the shoebox-size kitchen on the rooftop of the museum,” writes the Chronicle's Paolo Lucchesi. After the revamped SFMOMA declined to invite Blue Bottle back, it lost out on Caitlyn Freeman Williams' art cakes (including the famous Mondrian one). Sightglass got the cafe contract, but McCalls Catering took the former Blue Bottle Space and turned it into Cafe 5, which just so happens to serve art cakes of its own. McCalls declined to comment substantively, and Freeman gets the last laugh with this kicker: “I guess I just have to feel good that I wrote the goddamn book on art desserts.”
Custom Burger to Close and Become a K-OZ
Inside the Best Western Americania Hotel at 121 Seventh Street, Custom Burger will end its decade-long run next week and close to become something called K-OZ Restaurant & Brewery. Hoodline says they're already hiring, so it can't be too long.
The Treasury Adds Lunch
Upscale Financial District bar The Treasury (200 Bush) is home to a drink called the Shark Tank (Cutty Sark 108 scotch, huckleberry and coconut shrub, absinthe, and lemon), and as of this week, it's begun serving lunch. There's a chop salad made with blue cheese and Madrange ham, and a pork banh mi. Should the afternoon somehow slip away from you, the bar opens in its entirety at 3 p.m.
Cadence Starts Up a Happy Hour
Who doesn't love a happy hour party? At Cadence (1446 Market), it costs $20 and comes with four P's: a patty melt, a Powers whiskey, a pickleback, and a Pony beer. There's also chicken liver mousse with green strawberries, smashed crispy potatoes, and a 16-ounce Radeburger for $4.
Best Korean Food in the East Bay
Although seven of the 10 spots in the list are along a 20-block stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Thrillist has a solid compendium of Korean joints in the East Bay, many of which are totally unknown to this San Franciscan.