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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Retooled Lark Creek Inn to Open Next Week

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Lark Creek Inn: Reborn as a casual tavern with budget prices - DISNEYMIKE VIA FLICKR
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After a brief delay following a last-minute scramble for chef, the Larkspur restaurant formerly known as Lark Creek Inn has an official opening date: next Thursday, June 4. Lark Creek Group culinary director Adrian Hoffman told SFoodie that the Tavern at Lark Creek (234 Magnolia at William, Larkspur) would start off by offering dinner seven nights a week, with Sunday brunch starting up some time in the next several weeks.

According to Hoffman, new chef Randy Lewis has had extensive input on the opening menu, which skews casual. In a nod to the bleak economy, the priciest entrée is $14.95. Starters include unpretentious-sounding options like mac and cheese croquettes and spinach and artichoke dip with pita wedges. Sandwiches include a meatball and mozzarella sub, and a retooled Reuben with house-corned beef. Main courses center around relatively cheap proteins such as octopus, beef chuck pot roast, and rainbow trout.

Like Oakland's Sidebar, which opened in February with a lunch menu where only one main course tops $10, the Tavern at Lark Creek appears to represent a growing strategy for riding out the downturn: keeping prices low (while absorbing presumably shrunken profit margins) in the hope of driving volume.

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