Filipino-Japanese pop-up Ox + Tiger teases permanent restaurant ad
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Ox + Tiger, the popular pop-up known for fusing Filipino and Japanese flavors, has big news, though at this point it’s not ready to tease the ad. Chef-owners EJ Macayan and Hitomi Wada appear to have the keys to a permanent restaurant space that will open this weekend on September 25-26. But beyond that, details are sparse with no menu or location details. Stay tuned for more details on lechon and katsu.
And in other news …
- The Farine + Water group is launching a number of fresh pasta concepts, such as SF Chronicle reported first. The original Flour + Water on Harrison closes for renovation on October 2, so get those latest pasta tasting menus while you can. The central kitchen on 20th Street is officially finished, which shouldn’t come as a shock, given that it was converted back to a pasta store during most of the pandemic. But now it is replaced by Penny roma, another new pasta spot, which could be more laid back, they say. Penny Roma opens in mid-October; stay tuned for the naughty reveal.
The boulevard reopens after a long pandemic closure on September 29, SF Chronicle reported first. Boulevard received $ 5 million from the United States Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund, one of the top 10 restaurants to receive funding in San Francisco. Now Nancy Oakes has hired famous designer Ken Fulk, who is currently remaking Art Nouveau interiors. Check out the fresh menus, with three course for $ 89, four course for $ 115 and a la carte options in the new bar and lounge, plus a cocktail list from veteran bartender Greg Lindgren.
- DoorDash is expanding alcohol delivery, according to the Verge. Before the pandemic, it only delivered alcohol to California, but it is now expanding to 20 other states. Users can tap the app’s alcohol tab to browse “a wide selection of drinks at restaurants, grocery stores, local retailers and convenience stores,” according to a company statement. The bitter irony is that you won’t be able to order from our local bars that don’t serve food, at least not in California, according to the latest legislation that excludes them altogether.
- Dreamforce returns to downtown SoMa this week, September 21-23. But that’s not the usual wave of tech workers wearing backpacks, as the biggest conference of the year in San Francisco has been severely curtailed. After attracting 170,000 attendees, only “hundreds” remain, reports CBS SF Bay Area. Still, Will Smith, Jane Fonda, and the Foo Fighters are going to hit it, so if you’re downtown, here’s where to eat and drink in SoMa.
- And while it may seem like the last year and a half never happened, why yes, the holidays are almost here. And above all, Miracle, this sometimes noisy, always kitsch pop-up cocktail bar, returns to town by sleigh. Pacific Cocktail Haven will host as usual, from November 22 to December 31. The Yippie Ki Yay Mother F **** r! the cocktail is back, and there’s a new white russian christmas and a yule log toddy. Start airing your ugliest sweater.