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    Passing the Spoon Anne Gingrass, chef/owner of the upscale Hawthorne Lane, has turned in her toque and tasting spoon. She will be handing her culinary tradition of Asian-influenced American food over to Bridget Batson, her 30-year-old sidekick in the Hawthorne…
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    Oopzies 2 Previously, I reported on the anatomy of an unsweetened deal vis-a-vis the Eatzies project at 1000 Van Ness. The problem is tied up in court now, but the Eatzies attorney did give me his take on the situation.…
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    I Coulda Been a Contenda Now that chef Bruce Hill is back from a jaunt to the Orient, there's been yet another shake-up at the Waterfront. Chef de cuisine Jon Nelson has been shown the door and sous-chef Mark Schoenfield…
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    Controlled Burn The hot, hot Mission eatery Delfina is still scorching -- as in, reservations are necessary. "It's nice to be working with a real architect," says owner/chef Craig Stoll, in reference to the restaurant's forthcoming expansion into the old…
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    Sushi Roll Just when I was starting to hear more grumbling about the lousy food at white-hot Mercury, some news slid down the pipeline: Dr. Winkie's restaurant/lounge/nightclub in his old DV8 space has closed its kitchen. Fret not, young hipsters…
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    Hip Replacement One of Harry's favorite sections of the Sunday paper -- after the obits and Zippy the Pinhead, of course -- is the classifieds. The small print cries out with opportunity, desire, and desperation in an endless litany of…
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    One for the Books Our friends slogging on at the Waterfront Restaurant & Cafe report that a possible Guinness Book record has just been broken -- for largest number of managers over one 12-month period. The actual total is unconfirmed,…
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    Fishing Season Red Herring Restaurant and Bait Bar should be open by the time you read this. James Ormsby, late of Bruno's, is looking to hook a big one with his project in the old Roti space. New American seafood…
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    Pants on Fire This column is about a business that runs on speculation, luck, excess, and vicious rumor -- and it is my sincere hope that your weekly Side Dish content reflects these lofty characteristics in moral and in tone.…
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    In Living Color Harry was there with all the other swells who shelled out the clams for the triumphant return. I speak of the Black & White Ball and one fun, wind-swept night at the Civic Center. The grub was…
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    Deep Throat Harry's not usually one for small talk and vapid pleasantries. I pride myself on my hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners approach -- that's why I chose the eat-'em-alive restaurant beat. So I'm proud this week to bring you the question most…
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    Last Course The food industry exposes many young people to the finer things in life. After all, where else can you get such an education in wine, food, business -- and fast cash? But there is a less savory side…
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    Metro "I don't think a straight guy can cut it behind the bar." That simple phrase, purportedly uttered by the owner of the Metro Bar, was the grounds of a labor dispute that was just settled before a commissioner of…
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    Gone Fishing Rumpus is still closed due to water damage resulting from a fire in its building -- but the popular bistro will be reopening soon with a party. (I just love a party.) Meanwhile, City of Paris on Geary…
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    Drawstring pants are not to be worn at places of employment unless you're a yoga instructor, or in fine dining establishments, unless you're a feng shui consultant. -- Details, May 1999 A Bistro Grows in Berkeley Harry usually avoids all…
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    Signed, Sealed, Delivered Marc Valiani has done all he can to turn Elroy's around; now it's time for him to get on with his own project. He and partner Gary Kurtz, whom you may know from Le Colonial and Moose's,…
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    Ahead of the Times Hate to spill the beans, but I just caught wind of an article that's coming out soon in the venerable New York Times' Sunday travel section. It's yet another feature on our lovely town -- more…
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    Security Deposit Required To Let: Spacious ground-floor live-work space in internationally famous Financial District landmark. Furnished or unfurnished. Plenty of square footage with large kitchen and walk-in refrigeration. Multilevel, multiuse. No roof access -- too pointy. Comes with personal redwood…
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    Soooo Loong I'm sure you've already heard about the closing of Mark Miller's Loongbar at Ghirardelli Square. You probably don't care because you, like most other city dwellers, never went there and didn't have any plans to visit in the…
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    The House of Steuart Harry Denton's has hired a new chef, and this one's a heavyweight: Matthew McLinn cooked for Schwarzenegger at Arnie's Schatzi on Main in Santa Monica and also wrastled the beef at Morton's in Hollywood. Now, Harry…
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    Aww, Shucks A coupla hundred other foodies and I jammed Eastside West last week looking for free oysters. Bidden by the bivalve, Harry ventured down to Fillmore and Greenwich to check out the remains of the old Bermuda Triangle. Scott…
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    Under Yer Kilt Just in time for St. Paddy's, it's a new Irish pub and restaurant. No, it's not out on Geary with all the others -- it's located at 530 Jackson (near the Cypress Club), and it's named Kells.…
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    Pardon Me Do You Have Any Grey Poupon? Ahh, nothing like a trip out of the city. Sonoma during the Mustard Festival reminds me of an overgrown lawn just before the gas mower coughs into life. Spring is on the…
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    Hashing It Out Harry was excited to hear that Gordon Drysdale, former chef with the Real Restaurants Group -- he's the one who started Bix oh so many moons ago -- is getting ready to open up on Potrero Hill.…
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    Paint Swatches & Carpet Samples Ian Schrager has just gotten the go-ahead for a major remodel on downtown's Clift Hotel. The former Studio 54 czar added the site to his growing portfolio -- which includes New York's Royalton and L.A.'s…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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