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Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Ten: Ritual Opens in the Haight Tomorrow (UPDATED)

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"Long before #Disney, ceramists in Europe and Asia were creating whimsical animal figurines who seemed ready to come to life. This little crab, made in China about 1770, is ready for a starring role in the next #Pixar movie." - INSTAGRAM/THOMASPCAMPBELL
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  • "Long before #Disney, ceramists in Europe and Asia were creating whimsical animal figurines who seemed ready to come to life. This little crab, made in China about 1770, is ready for a starring role in the next #Pixar movie."
Plus Buffalo Stance to hit Polk, a planned Potrero Hill location of Del Popolo runs into a snafu, and it's totally kosher to get high on Passover.

Proposed Crafthaus Takes a Buffalo Stance
A planned New American gastropub by Quinn Wong, Gil Hoh and Ted Kim that was destined to serve 40 beers on Polk Street initially had the innocuous name Crafthaus, but now it'll go by the sexier Buffalo Theory when it opens this summer. According to Inside Scoop, the idea is that — like a herd of buffalo that's only as safe from predators as its slowest member can run — the brain's overall health benefits from alcohol's tendency to kill already-weak brain cells. Cheers to Social Darwinism!

The Haight Gets a Ritual Tomorrow
According to Hoodline, Ritual Coffee will open at 1300 Haight St. tomorrow (April 26). Designed to look like the European cafes of San Francisco in the 1930s-40s, it coincides with the company's altered packaging design, away from black and towards a softer white-and-red look.

UPDATED: Kitchit Likely to Disappear by June  Wednesday
Having served 100,000 customers, Kitchit — the startup that lets you book a personal chef who puts a dinner party together for you — has run out of money. According to Max Cherney, writing for, the site is no longer accepting orders and will likely go dark this week (although CEO Brendan Marshall seems determined not to go down without a fight).

Potrero Hill Del Popolo Tied Up in Planning Hell
According to Socketsite, a proposed 127-unit development at 88 Arkansas Street in Potrero Hill that could very well include a Del Popolo Pizza seems to have fallen into a bureaucratic crevasse over the issue of whether a bedroom without exterior-facing windows is really a bedroom.

Little Nepal Chef to Open Cuisine of Nepal
Chef Prem Tamang's Little Nepal has been kicking it on Bernal Heights' Cortland Street for awhile, but the bustle of Mission must have called to him, because according to Eater, as of May 14, he'll be running a second Nepalese restaurant, the 30-seat Cuisine of Nepal.

Tony Gemignani Opening Another Location In The Market
Hot off his 12th win as world's greatest pizzamaker, Tony Gemignani will open another Tony's Slice House. According to Inside Scoop, it's inside the marked known as The Market (1355 Market).

Guess What the Biggest Bay Area Food Company by Revenue Is?
It's Peet's, duh. The Business Times has the Top 10.

Fatty, Sugary, Salty Foods Are Here to Stay
"A majority of Americans say they value taste more than how healthy a food is," says the New York Times, in the happiest news of the year. Jerkies and full-fat ice cream are leading the charge back to a world where we don't regard our food with fear and loathing. Next stop: Getting people to stop calling tasty things "dangerous."

But What About Riboflavin, Dammit?!
Here are some hard numbers, courtesy of Salon, demonstrating that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of nutrients on the side of the cereal box (and elsewhere) is virtually useless. "The RDAs are deliberately designed to be higher than most people’s actual requirements. An RDA represents the amount of a nutrient that’s thought to meet the needs of between 97 to 98 percent of the healthy adult population over time. Translation: most of us can (and perhaps should) get by on less."

Getting High on Passover Is Kosher, Says Israel's Leading Orthodox Rabbi
Applause emoji for the Times of Israel's headline, "Getting baked on Passover not just for matzah, rabbi rules." (Yo, this rabbi rules!) It would seem only to apply to medical marijuana, however, as "in normal circumstances the plant is considered a member of the kitniyot group of legumes and pulses that are banned on Passover among Jews of Ashkenazi origin."

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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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