If you were wondering why all the foodies were in town, you must have missed the 10th annual Bon Appetit Wine and Spirits show last weekend. Thirty restaurants and tons of wineries set up in the One Market Pavilion to display their best sides to attendees. Laurent Manrique from Campton Place had a great table, while George Marrone outdid himself again. As usual, Far Niente was the first to run out of its grapey elixir.
Time to venture back down to the end of Van Ness: A much-needed spring cleaning and face-lift have transformed the tired old Mick's Lounge into Tongue and Groove. Don't be afraid of the new name -- live music and dancing will prevail, with a more modern, laid-back vibe. Ron and Holly Kirkpatrick, partners in Polk Street's Tonic, are the masterminds behind the transformation. Grand opening is this Friday.
Beautiful but challenged Keanu Reeves and gamine-with-an-edge Charlize Theron are in San Francisco shooting Sweet November for Warner Bros. I'm sure the film will be great and all -- but Harry and his readers don't want to hear about the plot and locations. We need to know the most important facts: Where are they eating?
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