Frances chef-owner Melissa Perello talks about the new prix-fixe format, and the process of relaunching the 13-year-old neighborhood restaurant
"Ultimately this was a decision rooted in wanting to offer the best possible dining experience with the resources at our fingertips while maintaining as much of the original Frances character as possible," Perello says.
César, the 24-year-old tapas bar next door to Chez Panisse, is closing in two weeks, on July 23. But this likely isn't the end of the North Berkeley neighborhood favorite — which had its own crew of regulars who only sometimes might patronize the more lauded restaurant next door.
A nonprofit has formed specifically to thwart plans by Another Planet Entertainment to remake the interior of the historic Castro Theatre to be more conducive to live music events — and specifically the group wants to stop a plan to remove all the seats from the theater's main level.
Tom Silargorn, the acclaimed chef and founder of the Lers Ros chain of local Thai restaurants, appears to be on the move with another restaurant concept, just a few doors down from the 16th Street location of Lers Ros.
Mirame, the acclaimed two-year-old Mexican restaurant in Beverly Hills from chef Joshua Gil, is readying a second, NorCal location — and it's going to be in the new Springline development in Menlo Park.
Apparently not all of restaurateur Charles Phan's landlords have worked out deals with him for pandemic-closed properties. Nine-year-old New Orleans-themed whiskey bar and restaurant Hard Water has now been hit with a lawsuit from its landlord at Pier 3.
Cafe du Soleil, the well-loved and worn-in Lower Haight Cafe at the corner of Fillmore and Waller streets, is making a surprise comeback, a little less than two years after it closed permanently at 200 Fillmore Street.