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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday Ten: Smitten Opens Saturday in the Marina

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click to enlarge A Calabrian sausage, broccolini, and ricotta pizza at Tratto - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
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  • A Calabrian sausage, broccolini, and ricotta pizza at Tratto
Plus Umami closes, Buzzworks gets nearer completion, and Kellogg's is torpedoing $4 toast right out of the water with $7.50 bowls of cereal.

click to enlarge Smitten Ice Cream sandwich - SMITTEN ICE CREAM
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  • Smitten Ice Cream sandwich
Smitten Opens in the Marina
Housed in the former Judy's Cafe — and in a building that used to have a business called Eastman Ice Cream — the newest location of Smitten Ice Cream opens Saturday, July 2 at 2268 Chestnut. The homegrown chain will mark the occasion by debuting an ice cream sandwich made with handmade cookie dough and pretzels (an item that will become available at all other Smitten shops on July 8). Additionally, for the Fourth of July, Smitten teamed up with Thre Babes Bakeshop to feature a blueberry pie mixed with vanilla ice cream and a strawberry Prosecco sauce (available through July 10).

Umami Closes
Inside Scoop reports that Umami (2909 Webster) has closed after a 10-year run, citing only a vague "changing San Francisco" as its reason (which is kind of like politicos resigning to "spend more time with my family").

Burma Bear Expands from The Haight to Oakland
I liked Hubert Lim's BBQ ribs when I ate at Second Act Marketplace in the Haight, and now his Burma Bear has opened up a second shop. Inside Scoop says it can be found at 325 19th St. in Oakland, the former home of Buma's Pizza.

There Will Be No Styrofoam Egg Cartons in San Francisco!
As of January 1, 2017. The Examiner reports that the city has banned polystyrene foam, which means no packing peanuts or to-go containers, either.

Buzzworks, Butter's Somewhat Upscale Sports-Craft Beer Bar, Opening in July
More changes are coming to 11th Street, S.F.'s densest nightlife spot. Apart from the closure of nearby Beatbox, the team behind the delightfully trashy Butter will open Buzzworks (365 11th St.) next month. Eater reports that the project, initially slated to open 18 months ago, will involve 40 beers, 20 TVs, a limited menu plus food from nearby venues, and (unlike the original plan) no arcade games. It'll almost certainly be a moneymaker, that's for sure.

Roka Akor Debuts a "Cocktail Omakase"
On Thursday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m., supreme upscale Japanese restaurant Roka Akor (801 Montgomery) will launch a 90-minute cocktail omakase based on the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void, which will be personalized and involve five to seven cocktails and a Chinese tea service midway through. It's open only to five reservations per evening, and tickets are $55, with a la carte dining options available. As a nihilist-hedonist, I demand to drink the Void (which, to start with, will be Pisco Portón with St. Germain, Butterfly pea flower tea, and orange and yuzu juices).

La Mar's Pisco Party on the Patio

This one's pretty simple: $35 gets you unlimited apps and pisco cocktails at La Mar Cebicheria (Pier 1.5) for three hours on Thursday, July 14 from 7-10 p.m. Like you got better Bastille Day plans?

Urban Vertical Gardens Might Work at a Small Scale
Vertical gardens have been heralded as the wave of the future and debunked as a delusional, SimCity-like arcology of kale that will never work, but The New York Times profiles Seattle's Farmbox Greens, a 600-square-foot hydroponic operation selling greens to area restaurants after a harvest cycle of only two weeks. It nets its owners about $120,000 a year, and the main cost is energy (i.e., lightbulbs).

Perdue Will Let All 676 Million Chickens See Actual Sunlight
After years of fighting it, the American poultry industry is starting to align its practices with Europe's, including the introduction of a revolutionary concept called windows. Breeding regimens at Perdue, which is basically trying to be the anti-Tyson Foods, will no longer encourage massive breast size at the expense of chickens' health (in part), and will come with an internal enforcement mechanism to make sure farmers comply. Will seeing the sun be like the moment in The Matrix Revolutions where Neo and Trinity fly above the cloud canopy and get a whole new perspective on the war against the machines?

$7 Bowls of Cereal Exist
Remember the grilled bread with the price tag that set the world aflame? Well, S.F.'s toast has nothing on NYC's $7.50 bowls of Raisin Bran at a new Kellogg's boutique in Times Square. The NYT says that, following in the footsteps of the M&M Store and Pepsi's forthcoming Kola House, Kellogg's is going upscale, with $9.50 sundaes and everything — and you'll always be able to pour your own milk on your cereal there. I'm also in love with this sentence: "When initially reached by phone on Wednesday, Mr. Rodolf was in Spanish Harlem buying a week's worth of passionfruit jam for the cafe."

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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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