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The Weekly Feed
Carolyn Alburger | Photo: The Chocolate of Meats and Claudio Villani | April 22, 2013
Lolinda’s rooftop restaurant nears, Cole Valley gets a new wine bar, Bobo’s Lounge is en route, and more news and scuttlebutt from the Bay Area food scene.
Everyone would probably be relaxing in a rooftop restaurant on this glorious Monday, so let’s talk about Lolinda. Since Adriano Paganini opened the restaurant in August, customers have constantly asked when the notorious roof deck will swing back into action. No one has been up there since Medjool closed in early 2012, but we’ve known for a while that Paganini had something special in store. Late last week, he revealed that the roof will be called El Techo de Lolinda, offering a new menu of Latin street food and classic Latin cocktails like mojitos. El Techo will be open for dinner every night of the week, and for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The whole space has gotten a major overhaul—apparently with some rather fancy and amazing Australian heat lamps. Unemployed front of house types should note that El Techo is hiring a whole separate staff of its own. El Techo de Lolinda is now slated to open by the middle of May.
This Saturday, Perbacco will say arrivederci to its long-time wine director Claudio Villani, who is going off on his own to open a “contemporary enoteca” called InoVino. The small 30-seat spot will be going into the former Hama Ko sushi space (108 Carl Street) in Cole Valley—right across the street from the ridiculously popular Padrecito. Villani says his inspiration for the business comes from this friendly, well-known Florentine panini spot called ‘ino. Villani is going to offer wines from all over the world (Greece, Spain, South America, Italy, France). The price of bottles will range from $25 to $65, and there will be at least 30 wines by the glass for $8 to $15.
The menu will consist mostly of cheeses and charcuterie from local and international producers, along with crostini, bruschette, and crudo. Villani is planning to completely revamp the décor, putting in a white Carrera marble bar, right where the sushi bar once sat. The color palate will be clean and modern with two shades of grey, silver, marble, white and Ferrari red. One wall will be lined with large shelves showing all the labels of wine. Villani will spend next month in Italy for some more inspiration. He plans to open InoVino in July.
After breaking up with long-time partners Jerry Dal Bozzo and Dante Serafini at the end of last year, Bobo’s chef-owner Andrea Froncillo is growing the Bobo’s brand. Froncillio just leased the space 25 yards away at 1434 Lombard Street, which has a full liquor license and a small kitchen. The working name for the spot is Bobo’s Lounge. Froncillo plans to use it a place to send people for a drink and maybe even a bite while they wait for their table at Bobo’s. He says Bobo’s Lounge will have a “bar setting,” and offer a small list of tapas to eat. So it sounds like it could warrant a trip on its own merit too. The new lounge will open some time this summer.
You know how Nico’s Tacos just closed in North Beach? Well, Pete Mrabe, owner of the very nearby Don Pisto’s, has a lot to do with that. According to this Facebook invite he’ll be opening a taco shop of his own, Pistos Tacos, on May 2. The menu will include 10 different kinds of tacos, and Baja-style burritos. Tacos will no longer be offered at Don Pisto’s, making room for a new “raw bar and taqueria section” on the menu. Everything else will stay the same. Meanwhile, Tacolicious is still moving forward on its plans to enter the former Caffé Maria around the corner. When it opens this summer, it will be the only North Beach Mexican spot where you can actually get margaritas with tequila in them—just FYI.
According to this Craigslist ad, Hi Lo BBQ is going to open for lunch very soon. The restaurant will remain open continually from lunch into dinner, so you can pop-in all day long for some of these ribs and a cocktail.
Save the Date
On May 9, the third annual Taste of Potrero eat-a-thon takes place at SOMArts (934 Brannan Street). An amazing lineup of restaurants and bars will gather to offer bites and drinks to benefit Daniel Webster Elementary School. You can see the full list of participants here, which includes Beretta, Comstock Saloon, Wise Sons, Trick Dog, and many other A-list San Francisco spots. Tickets are available here.
The SF CHEFS’ Spring Dinner Party Project kicks off tonight with a preview of the un-opened modern Italian restaurant called 1760, at its parent restaurant Acquerello. Future dinners include a live lamb roast in wine country at Long Meadow Ranch, a tandem dinner with chefs Ravi Kapur and David Bazirgan, and a carb-fest with Una Pizza Napoletana and Ristobar. More information and tickets are here.
On May 3, Soma’s Bluxome Street Winery is throwing a lunch-time block party that is full of wine and food trucks. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Del Popolo, Fins on the Hoof, Satellite Republic, and Frozen Kuhsterd will be in the alley outside while the winery pours their goods. If this weather keeps up, it’ll be one of the best places to be at 11 a.m. on a Friday.