Gawk 'n' Roll
The zinc bar at Chaya Brasserie has a great view -- the bridge, the art, the people. Now all this also comes at a reasonable price. Every weekday, 5 to 7 p.m. is sushi happy hour at Chaya, with $3.25 rolls (five pieces, your choice of four types). The cocktails are full-priced, but as fresh as the fish.
Last week heralded the launch of Foodscape.com, which joins a growing collection of Web sites catering to the needs of the independent restaurateur. Harry went cyber for a tasting and found this new site positioning itself as an Expertcity for the F&B business. It offers a Q&A format, as well as a series of "courses" on subjects like tipping or food safety, but very little content at this point. Meanwhile, Restaurantpro.com, a clear favorite in my opinion, is trying to be everything computer for the restaurant owner -- it even provides the computer itself. This site is primarily a distribution link for buyers and suppliers, featuring Greenleaf Produce and other fine local purveyors in its index. Finally, Foodgalaxy.com provides a similar online buying platform, but its "PowerPurchasing" program, in which you put your inventory list and needs out to bid, is oversimplified and alienating for people trying to keep their vendor lists manageable and their businesses community-based. Happy surfing.
Mecca is hosting a Krug Champagne tasting with special guest Caroline Krug on June 22. This is a rare chance to taste some of the world's most coveted bubbly as presented by Caroline and Mecca sommelier Sean Crowley. A five-course repast by chef Mike Fennelly should sweeten the pot, so sign up now if it's not already too late.
Burn and Turn
John Proctor, manager of Le Colonial, has left to assume the reins at Hawthorne Lane -- which is still recovering from its five-year anniversary celebration. ... Erik Souza of Cypress Club has taken his sweet tooth to Aqua, where he'll reign as pastry chef. Save room for dessert!
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