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Friday, May 6, 2011

Basque-Style Gastropub Txoko Nears Debut, Top Chef Alum's Restaurant/Club Opens

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2011 at 4:25 PM

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The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

Eater SF reports Enrico's replacement, Txoko (504 Broadway at Kearny), is set to open before the end of the month. The Basque-inspired menu from chef Ian Begg will offer small bites, larger dishes, and cheese plates. Sommelier Ryan Maxey's wine list will include many selections from Spain and Portugal, while Kentuckian spirits director Jason Brown's selections will focus on whiskey and bourbon. Naturally, there will be a communal table, as it's currently impossible to open a restaurant without one.

From Inside Scoop, Top Chef alum/former owner-chef of Iluna Basque, Mattin Noblia makes his executive chef return tonight at the brand-new Rendezvous Tapas Lounge (2080 Van Ness at Pacific). The restaurant/nightclub (huh?) will feature Mediterranean tapas, pushing Noblia to work with foods beyond Basque.

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