The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the
San Francisco restaurant scene.
At Inside Scoop, Paolo L.
reports that Daniel Patterson's Plum
(2214 Broadway, 510-444-7586, www.plumoakland.com
) is opening next Wednesday -- and has just started taking reservations. If you remember, Ubuntu's former chef, Jeremy Fox, was going to be the chef, then side-stepped the project a few weeks ago. Now Il Cane Rosso's Lauren Kiino will be the opening chef, with Bill Corbett overseeing desserts and Scott Beattie taking on the adjacent cocktail bar, which will open next year. The pitch: 48-seat restaurant with under-$20 entrees, dishes like lamb-neck stew with brain mayonnaise and grilled lamb's tongue, and a $45 tasting menu. Oh, and a burger. Lord knows, even Daniel Patterson can't open a bistro in this area without including a burger.
From Grub Street
(and everyone else): Ike's Place
reopens. In Lime (2247 Market). From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
Kevin M. at Urban Almanac
finds signs of construction, renewal, and rebirth at La Rondalla
(901 Valencia). One of the workers tells him that the Mexican party palace should open by Christmas.
also finds a name for the new incarnation of Beckett's in Berkeley: It's to be BEC Bistro
(2271 Shattuck), and the owner is Jean-Yves Duperret. Beckett's is still open, but closing soon.