In this edition: a café debuts in a long-shuttered Grand Lake smoke shop, an American-style lunch spot opens downtown, and a Chinatown staple is reopening under new management.
Wilde Brothers Coffee (3206 Grand Ave.)
There's interior seating, and a space out front with chairs set up for lounging or waiting for a show at the Grand Lake Theatre next door.
For drinks, expect to see a variety of espresso and coffee drinks like lattes, flat whites, cortados, chai lattes and more. Pastries are said to be supplied by Ash Bakery, Al M. added, with offerings like croissants with ham and cheese or chocolate, as well as cinnamon rolls.
Delegates (578 14th St.)
Delegates, a new "American-style breakfast and lunch eatery," has opened at the former Bhugay's Katsu Curry, which recently relocated to City Center Plaza at 1200 Clay St.
The menu is "simple and approachable," Al said, with coffee and tea supplied by San Rafael's Equator Coffees & Teas.
Breakfast customers can expect items like eggs with bacon, sausage or ham; smashed avocado toast with eggs and pickled onions; and a paleo wrap with scrambled eggs, avocado and ham.
Switching over to lunch, look for a barbecue burger with bacon jam, grilled mushrooms and crispy onions; a turkey dip with au jus and pickles; and a Cobb salad with turkey, avocado and bleu cheese.
Delegates is open weekdays 7am–3pm.
Fortune Restaurant (940 Webster St.)
Lastly, in Chinatown, Al said Fortune Restaurant is in the process of changing hands and is "aiming to reopen under a new owner and management."
According to online records, inspectors found violations related to liquid waste disposal, as well as problems with vermin, food handling and storage, sanitation and other issues.
Since then, Al said the eatery has gotten "rid of all the former chefs and cooks and has posted a sign that they're hiring and to inquire within."
According to our translation of the flyer, the restaurant is now seeking "urgent hires for kitchen staff, priority for those willing to work a night-shift with higher pay, and to contact if interested."
Thanks as ever to Al M. for the tips!
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