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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Atelier Crenn and The Grove Open, Bar Tartine and the Globe Both Lose Chefs

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 7:30 AM

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​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.

Just in case you haven't heard, Atelier Crenn (3127 Fillmore, at Pixley, 440-0460, opens on Friday.

Tablehopper is first to report two chef changes. First, Bar Tartine is losing chef Chris Kronner to another city in a few weeks, and former Nombe chef Nick Balla will be stepping into his shoes March 1. (The restaurant's press release mentions that Bar Tartine's bakery expansion is slated to open in the summer or fall.) And on Jan. 30, Globe's chef, Jason Tallent, departs ― he's moving to much more affordable Austin. Tallent has been at Globe since 1999.

Inside Scoop reports that Enrico's has closed again. If, upon reading the news, your first thought is "But what about Naked Lunch?" you may be relieved to hear that the pop-up sandwich shop is still being allowed to operate inside Enrico's takeout annex for the time being.

According to Eater SF and others, yesterday was opening day for the Hayes Valley branch of The Grove Cafe (321 Franklin, at Hayes). The newest Grove is serving Verve coffee, and in SFoodie's eyes, that's a good thing.

Thanks to both Inside Scoop and the Feast, SFoodie has learned that Eskender Aseged's Radio Africa dinners are moving from the Coffee Bar to the Corner (2199 Mission, at 18th St.) ― until his Third Street restaurant finally opens, of course.

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