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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Punchdown and Enoteca Molinari Open, Everyone Seems to Be Changing Jobs

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 7:34 AM

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​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the

San Francisco restaurant scene.


Inside Scoop shares the news of a new wine bar in Oakland named Punchdown (2212 Broadway, Oakland, 510-251-0100, punchdownwine.com). Punchdown specializes in natural wines ― if you're not familiar with the phrase, before you go, read one of SF Chronicle wine editor Jon Bonné's articles on the topic.

Not to be bested by the ChronTablehopper reports on another forthcoming wine bar: Rockridge's Enoteca Molinari (5474 College Ave., Oakland, 510-428-4078, enoteca-molinari.com). What has SFoodie's interest piqued is that Steve Jaramillo, whose cooking we know well from his days at Fonda and Lalime's, is doing the food. Owner Joe Madison told Tablehopper he hopes to open this weekend.

Tablehopper has also charted a massive game of restaurant round robin: Bill Corbett, pastry chef of Coi and the other Patterson family restaurants (Plum, the future Bracina), is leaving to take Luis Villavelazquez's place at the Absinthe/Arlequin/Comstock Saloon family of restaurants. Taking over full control of the pastry department at Coi will be Deanie Hickox, who had been the pastry chef at Ubuntu under ex-husband Jeremy Fox. She'll also be designing desserts for Plum. Reporting on all that family business makes SFoodie feel like we've just watched a Keeping Up With the Kardashians marathon. 

Actually, there's a similar switch-up happening within the Town Hall family of restaurants; we're not even going to try to recap Eater SF's list of all the staff changes.

A few more small items from Tablehopper: 
  • Item the first: Waterfront Restaurant has hired Greg Lutes, formerly of Yosemite's Groveland Hotel, to be its chef.
  • Item the secondShowplace Caffe (715 Brannan St.) is now open, though just on weekdays, serving Sightglass coffee. 
  • Item the third (same post): Sometime in the recent past, Crema (2865 Seventh St., Berkeley, 510-848-7100) took over the old Cafe Cacao space in West Berkeley. The pitch: house-made pastries, cupcakes, and private-label coffee.
Tenderblog calls for a minute of silence to honor the demise of Baguette Express, a banh mi shop some preferred over Saigon Sandwich.

Grub Street learns that the Bar on Church (198 Church, née The Transfer) has been taken over by the owners of Bloodhound and Double Dutch. SFoodie has some hazy, disturbing memories of the Transfer from the 1990s, and hopes that new owners and another coat of paint will finally erase them.

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