The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
Marie Callender's evokes images of pies rotating in a display case, country cottage decor, and portions that don't skimp on calories. And now, without warning, many of those pie display cases have gone dark. Grub Street reports, via various Bay Area newspapers, the Marie Callender's and Perkins chains shuttered about a dozen restaurants in California (65 nationally) to reduce their deficit. Locations in Daly City, Hayward, Concord, Walnut Creek, and Santa Rosa were among the closures.
It's all about the dome for Cupola. Inside Scoop reports the latest restaurant from the Lark Creek Group, Cupola (Italian for dome) starts lunch service today on the top level of the Westfield Center, just below its signature dome from the bygone Emporium era. Located next to Lark Creek Steak, former Bar Bambino chef du cuisine Christian Hermsdorf joins Lark Creek culinary director Adrian Hoffman in the kitchen. And yes, the dome shape makes its way onto the menu as well in the form of the signature puff bread. Dinner service will start in about two weeks.
Tenderloin's Hot Cafe is definitely hot; hot pink, that is. From Eater SF, via the Tender, the interior, reminiscent of Bazooka bubblegum and the Pink Panther, will house a cafe as soon as June 19. No word yet on what it'll be serving, or whether more pink will be incorporated into the food or additional ambiance.
There's another new restaurant headed to Valencia. Grub Street shares, via Mission Local, Cyan, an Egyptian-Turkish-Greek restaurant will be moving into the former Valencia Interiors space (974 Valencia at 21st St.) during the Summer. So many new choices coming to Valencia.