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Monday, January 10, 2011

Straw Opens in Hayes Valley Jan. 24

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 3:29 PM

click to enlarge Vintage tilt-o-whirl repurposed as a booth for the carny-themed restaurant - STRAW/FACEBOOK
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  • Vintage tilt-o-whirl repurposed as a booth for the carny-themed restaurant

The owners of Straw in Hayes Valley have wrapped up their contest to let members of the public guess the restaurant's opening date. Ari Feingold tells SFoodie the carny-themed eatery received about 700 entries, most of them stuffed through the mail slot in Straw's front door. The correct answer: Mon., Jan. 24, when Straw plans to open the doors at 11 a.m. for lunch and dinner. So who's the winner? "It's actually funny," Feingold tells SFoodie. "Two people guessed the date ― they're gonna hear from us tomorrow." A game of rock-paper-scissors will decide the ultimate winner, who gets a free entrée every day for Straw's first month in business.

Meanwhile, Straw chef Naomi Beck has a preliminary opening menu, including apps (corn dog hush puppies, cinnamon sriracha buffalo wings) and sandwiches (Boxcar Children ― peanut butter satay with jalapeño jam and pork belly ― and the fried-chicken-n-waffle Monte Cristo). Any changes to the vintage carnival theme Feingold told SFoodie about early last month? Nope. "We're staying true to the concept," Feingold says. "We're not trying to take ourselves too seriously here."

Opening Mon., Jan. 24, at 11 a.m.:

Straw: 203 Octavia (at Page).

Follow us on Twitter: @sfoodie. Contact me at John.Birdsall@SFWeekly.com

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