Glowing Words of Contradiction Speaking of the yet-to-be-luminous Glow, Harry wonders what inspired Chronicle Food Editor Michael Bauer's change of heart on that eatery. In his Restaurant Reporter column in the April issue of Bon Appétit, Bauer lists Bacar, Le Bistrot, and Glow as the three new must-see restaurants in San Francisco. The accompanying snippet says Glow chef Mark Zeitouni's "braised short ribs with young turnips and horseradish onion purée please one and all." But Bauer's Chronicle review on Feb. 11, 2001, slighted the very same dish, calling it "another oddity." His words: "A grainy onion and horseradish puree covered the bottom of the plate. ... It looked and tasted like a first attempt at a dish that needed a unifying element to pull it together." Harry knows that national magazines like Bon Appétit have long lead times (especially as compared to daily papers), which makes it chronologically impossible for the restaurant to have "pulled it together" in time for the magazine's review.
Hail Mary As reported, after 29 years as one of the original SOMA eateries, wild and S.F.-wacky Hamburger Mary's at 12th and Folsom streets has been sold. New owner and gay-friendly-restaurant advocate Paul Langley comes from Harvey's on 18th and Castro, named in tribute to Harvey Milk, and a new addition, also called Harvey's, at 1507 Polk St. Langley will close escrow on April 16 on the local landmark; he plans to maintain the interior's integrity, though he will change the menu to reflect his other locations' American diner cuisine. Mary's former owners, Rose Christesen and Amy Schloss, are retiring, but not before an open-to-the-public farewell party on April 15 at the restaurant. Harry wonders if Rose will miss customers who ask for the nonexistent Mary or claim to know her. Langley plans to reopen the spot on April 20 as -- you guessed it -- Harvey's.