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Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Seven: Sexy AF Supper Club Black Cat Opens in the Tenderloin

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Cocktails at Black Cat - KELLY PULEIO
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Plus Waterbar's OysterFest comes back, RN74 offers steep wine discounts after 8 p.m., and Just Mayo really wants to look like the coolest cool-kid non-mayonnaise mayo.

Black Cat Opens in the TL
It sounds like a jazz club, and it's got a similar name to an historic S.F. jazz club, but Black Cat (400 Eddy) is a two-story restaurant, bar and entertainment salon meant to evoke the supper clubs of yore. And it's a late-night spot: Chef Ryan Cantwell's kitchen will stay open until 1 a.m., with bar bites available until 1:30 (and brunch is coming soon). Downstairs, there's a stage that will host jazz, a cabaret revue, visual art, and more, but the whole place is louche and well-thought-out and generally sexy AF. 

Waterbar OysterFest Returns in Three Weeks
A different beast than Oysterfest (which happened in May), Waterbar's OysterFest returns for the eighth time on Sunday, Aug. 28 from noon - 3 p.m. at Waterbar (399 Embarcadero South). A benefit for  The San Francisco Surfrider Foundation, which protects oceans and beaches worldwide, the $75 admission gets you bites from places like Waterbar, Farallon, ATwater Tavern, Leo's Oyster Bar, Sam's Chowder House, and more. There will be Anchor Steam, Fort Point and other microbrews as well as wine from Napa, music from Lovefool, and prizes for competitive oyster shucking and Best Hot Sauce. 

The Grill Is Open in the St. Regis
Quite possibly the blandest name of all time, The Grill is now open in the St. Regis (125 Third St.). However, Executive Chef Franck Desplechin's menu looks impressive. There's a raw bar, a Kobe ribeye with parsley bone marrow, forest mushrooms, and veal jus ($44), a seared tofu steak with corn spätzle, tarragon, and fennel ($24), and a cocktail list divided into Californian (Mai Tai, Zombie, Pisco Punch) and "From Back East" (Sazerac, Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, Jack Rose, Moscow Mule).

Presidio Social Club Has a New Dessert Menu
Pastry Chef Rene Cruz zhoozhed up the dessert menu at Presidio Social Club (563 Ruger) so that everything is now made in-house, including a mint chip semifreddo, a vanilla bean crumble cheesecake, and corn pudding cake. The much-loved brioche beignets are still on the menu, and don't forget that the restaurant has buddied up with Fort Point Beer to throw a barbecue every Wednesday through the end of the month, from 3-7 p.m.

RN74 Debuts "Moonlight Market List" Wine Discount, and Weekly Art
If you buy a bottle of wine from lead sommelier David Castleberry's Market List at RN74 (301 Mission) after 8 p.m., you can now get a 50 percent discount on a second bottle from the list. Additionally, starting today, RN74 will exhibit work by local artists in the atrium next to its lounge. It'll rotate every week, and the first artists up are Christine Aria and Isis Hockenos.

Just Mayo's Parent Company Bought $77,000 of It For ... Quality Control?

This is, um, Just Weird. The Business Times reports that executives at Hampton Creek, makers of the vegan mayonnaise substitute Just Mayo — which food giant Unilever once sued for unspecified damages because an egg-less product can't be mayonnaise, only to drop the suit — apparently orchestrated an elaborate scheme to make their product appear soooo popular by buying $77,000 of it off the shelves at Target, Safeway, Costco, and elsewhere. The CEO claimed that the program was really all about quality control, which strains credulity because if the company was really worried about shelf life or shipping via hot trucks, why not just put it on the sun porch for three days and see? Also, Just Mayo used a vacuum attachment to give itself a hickey and its Canadian boyfriend is named George Glass.

Philly Tells Citizens Not to Have Dumpster Pools Block Parties
The pic in this NPR article in which the city of Philadelphia remonstrates its fire-hydrant-abusing citizens reveals that the swimmer-revelers have branded their Dumpster with a Pabst banner, so make of this what you will. Also, this is your reminder that in the rest of North America, it's so hot out that swimming illegally in a big garbage can sounds appealing.
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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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