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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday Eight: Locol Will Open Next to Plum Bar, Mr. Holmes and Dandelion Head to Asia

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click to enlarge A gazpacho made by Canela's chef Mat Schuster. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
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  • A gazpacho made by Canela's chef Mat Schuster.

Plus Lark Creek Steakhouse closes, SoMa gets a "Food Showroom," everything you wanted to know about what keeps German techies awake, the FDA banned some questionable chemicals, and more.
Locol Will Open in Oakland in February
Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi's L.A. outpost of Locol is scheduled to debut in Watts on Jan. 18, and today the chefs revealed over Instagram that the first Bay Area location will be next to another Daniel Patterson Group restaurant, Oakland's Plum Bar (2216 Broadway). Expect "revolutionary fast food" sometime in February.

Lark Creek Steakhouse is Gone-zo
That it might better focus on the adjacent Cupola Pizzeria, the Lark Creek Group closed Lark Creek Steakhouse earlier this week, according to Inside Scoop. No matter how upscale you try to make a mall, it's tough to keep large, high-end eateries running.

A "Food Showroom" in SoMa
The year is young, but Hoodline found a good contender for most pretentious food boast of 2016. Thoughts Style Cuisine Showroom, which is "not a restaurant, but a food showroom" is now open in SoMa (in what used to be Bossa Nova), with a high-concept interior and genuinely intriguing-sounding items like Hong Kong Porridge with Twinsie Donuts, and do-it-yourself "Mechanical Noodles." If you're like, "Wait, is it a restaurant or some kind of art project?" the answer is "It's a restaurant."
Thoughts Style Cuisine Showroom, 139 Eighth St., 415-252-7919.

Club Mate All the Rage
KQED's Bay Area Bites has a great profile of Club Mate, the German product based on the highly caffeinated and communally consumed 
Argentine beverage, yerba mate. It's really big in Berlin clubs, and among techies. (And it's a pun on mate as in "friend" and mate as in "mah-tay.")

Two Bay Area Favorites Open East Asian Locations
According to Eater, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has opened a second location in Seoul, while Inside Scoop reports that Dandelion Chocolates is heading to Tokyo on Feb. 4.

FDA Bans Three PFCs Effective Feb. 1
According to Civil Eats, the FDA has withdrawn its approval for three perfluorated compounds (PFCs) effective Feb. 1, and will consider a similar move against seven more chemicals found in "natural" flavors. (It's a significant ruling because it marks the first time the government agency has done so based on a petition.) PFCs are long-lasting, potentially carcinogenic compounds that aren't added to food per se, but to packaging like pizza boxes, fast-food wrappers, and non-stick cookware — which means we're likely ingesting them anyway. You have until March 4 to weigh in on the remaining seven additives, by the way.

Chipotle Gets Slapped With Food Sickness Subpoena
Apparently, massive outbreaks of E. coli and norovirus aren't just a disaster for corporate earnings. According to the Business Times, Chipotle also got sued over it. Please, please tell me someone served papers to a foil-wrapped burrito.

John Hodgman Rules on Cauliflower in Caesar Salad
Would you put cauliflower in a Caesar salad? Here's how the New York TimesJudge John Hodgman ruled on it.

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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