Quantcast

SF Eats: French bakery to open next week in Tenderloin; boba chain plots 3 new SF locations; more

Tea and pastries at Maison Danel. | Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline
By Alisa Scerrato - Published on February 13, 2020.

Here's the latest in SF Eats. In this edition, a French bakery and tea room is readying to open in the Tenderloin, a bubble tea chain has three new San Francisco locations in the works, and a Hayes Valley Spanish restaurant is calling it quits.

Openings

Tenderloin

Maison Danel (1030 Polk St.)

Danel de Betelu and David de Betelu at Maison Danel. | Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline

French bakery, cafe and tea room Maison Danel will open its doors at 1030 Polk St. next Tuesday, February 18. 

The new eatery comes from husbands Danel and David de Betelu, who also own Cow Hollow’s Baker Street Bistro. It will serve breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch and afternoon tea, and offer an early-evening "champagne hour" featuring light bites. 

Chef Adrien Chabot, who hails from Paris, will be in charge of the pastries, which include French rarities like religieuses (layered cream puffs with chocolate or mocha pastry cream) and gateau St. Honoré (a cake made with puff pastry, cream puffs, pastry cream and caramelized sugar). More familiar options include croissants and a dozen varieties of macarons. 

The cafe will also be one of the few in SF to offer a full afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, pastries, and for those looking to splash out, champagne and caviar.

Lunch options include duck confit, steak frites, and onion soup, while brunch (weekends, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) brings croques monsieurs, steak and eggs, seasonal quiches and salads. 

“We wanted to bring an elevated salon experience to San Francisco, where one can enjoy table service without feeling rushed by people hovering about waiting to snatch the table,” Danel said in a statement.

Starting Tuesday, Maison Danel will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., six days a week (closed Mondays).

Financial District

Happy Lemon (99 Drumm St.)

Photo: Zack Lam/Courtesy of Happy Lemon

Tipster Nikki L. informed us that boba chain Happy Lemon will be opening in the former Subway space. But that's not all: it's also plotting outposts at the Salesforce Transit Center (425 Mission St.) and in Mission Bay (1320 Fourth St.)

Established in China in 1996, Happy Lemon operates on a franchise model, with more than 1,500 locations around the world. PR director and franchisee Jasmin Chin could not specify an opening date for the new locations.

Happy Lemon is best known for its "cheese tea," made with a layer of creamy, salted foam. (In 2017, Berkeleyside sampled all seven flavors at the chain's Berkeley location, declaring the classic black tea the winner.) 

In addition to the cheese tea, you'll find all the standard options: milk tea, fruit tea and smoothies, with or without boba. Some locations offer Hong Kong-style egg waffles (known at Happy Lemon as "bubble waffles") as well. 

Closings

Hayes Valley

Barcino (399 Grove St.)

Photo: Kelly Puleio/Courtesy of Barcino

After nine years and two concepts, the Absinthe Group is pulling out of 399 Grove St. The space was home to Louisiana-inspired restaurant Boxing Room for many years, but after some struggles, it reconcepted to Spanish eatery Barcino in 2017. 

As Eater SF notes, Barcino suffered a blow last year after coworking company Spacious, which used its space during the day, pulled out of San Francisco after facing pushback from the Planning Department.

It seemed like the Absinthe Group (which is also behind neighboring Absinthe and Arlequin Wine Merchant, as well as SoMa's Bellota) might hold on to it for a third concept, but Eater confirms the group is pulling out for good.

Barcino’s last day will be this Saturday, February 15. After that, the Absinthe Group will focus on its revamp of Hayes Street's former Arlequin Cafe, which will become a fast-casual eatery called Arbor.

There's no opening date for Arbor yet, but fans of Arlequin Cafe's popular back patio should be happy to hear that it will once again be open to diners.


Thanks to tipster Nikki L. If you've seen something new (or closing) in the neighborhood, text your tips and photos to (415) 200-3233, or email [email protected] If we use your info in a story, we'll give you credit.

About 16 hours ago
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Muni station elevator project delayed, Harvey Milk Plaza redesign slowly moves forward

Hoodline has learned that the construction of a new glass elevator at Castro Muni station and Harvey Milk Plaza (Market and Castro Streets) has been delayed until fall 2021. Read More

Nov 20, 2020
San Francisco

SF is hiring artists and performs to do COVID-19 PSAs

Work will be slightly less scarce for 30 underemployed artists and performers in the coronavirus economy, as a new San Francisco Creative Corps will be giving the gift of gigs. Read More

Nov 20, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Mozzeria, the Mission's Deaf-owned pizzeria, has closed after nine years

The Bay Area has lost its only Deaf-owned and operated restaurant, Mozzeria (3228 16th St.), due to the ongoing pandemic downturn. Deaf owners Melody and Russ Stein say they will continue operating their food truck, but the time has come to give up the brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Mission. Read More

Nov 20, 2020
San Francisco Castro Mission

Notorious Castro drug den sells for $4.8 million after complete renovation

After undergoing a complete renovation, a notorious Castro neighborhood building at 517-519 Sanchez Street (near 18th Street) has sold for $4.8 million. Read More