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Monday, June 1, 2009

Don't Believe Willie Brown: PlumpJack Cafe Still Expecting to Reopen Later This Year

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 10:17 AM

FARM: Still talking to Leiva - PLUMPJACK GROUP
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Did you catch it yesterday? Ex-mayor Willie Brown included this morsel in his "Willie's World" column in the Sunday Chron:

The restaurant empire that Gavin Newsom used to run is hitting hard times. PlumpJack Cafe is closed now. I don't know what they plan to do, but they've got a sign up that says, "Restaurant available" -- right down to the dishes. Jack Falstaff is closed as well.

Turns out Slick Willie got it wrong, or half wrong. Yup, Jack Falstaff is closed, but PlumpJack (3127 Fillmore at Filbert) is shuttered pending a major retooling (there's no sign in PJ's window advertising its availability). PlumpJack Group prez Hilary Newsom confirmed Willie's error with SFoodie this morning. "If we're fortunate, we'll be able to reopen PlumpJack late this year or maybe early next," she said. Oops -- Willie's bad.

Meanwhile, Newsom said PlumpJack executive chef Jeff Jake is still talking with ex-Falstaff chef Jonnatan Leiva about taking over the ranges at FARM, the group's mod-American eatery in Sonoma. Still nothing to report, according to Newsom.

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