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  • Times Like These: Thinking of moonlighting as a server?...

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Union Square  |  January 21, 2009 11:28 AM  |  548 views  |  No comments

    Thinking of moonlighting as a server? Good luck: "A few weeks ago she tried to apply for a job at a new restaurant in San Francisco - several hundred other people also showed up." Of course, there's Urban Tavern, which is currently looking for an Executive Chef, Exec Sous, General Manager, Assistant GM and Restaurant Manager. [Chron/CL]

    Copyright © 2009 Eater SF

    —Paolo

  • Adventures in Marketing, Pt. II: For pity's sake, we'll keep the...

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Union Square  |  January 16, 2009 12:00 PM  |  592 views  |  No comments

    For pity's sake, we'll keep the venue in question here anonymous, but we will say that unlike in LA or Miami, this is not the way to promote yourself here: "...expert mixologists poured signature cocktails, including the just-introduced 'Fountain of Youth'. 'It's better than Botox,' claimed one enthusiastic guest." [Eater Inbox]

    Copyright © 2009 Eater SF

    —Paolo

  • Good News/Bad News: Gitane

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Union Square  |  December 23, 2008 12:44 PM  |  599 views  |  No comments

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    Jennifer Yin, 11/20/08

    Just over a month old now is Gitane, the stylish, Basque-inspired little sister of Cafe Claude. The timeline, of course, means that Lord Bauer is going to start making his visits, if he hasn't already. Much of the buzz surrounding Gitane has centered around the daring Charles Doell design, and rightly so; it's a unique, welcome design worthy of conversation—particularly in San Francisco, where atmosphere can often be an afterthought. But how has the dining public reacted to Gitane and its young chef, Lisa Eyherabide? Let's have a looksie at the good news, the bad news, and everything in between:

    All Good News: "So Tuesday night I checked out Gitane. The restaurant looks great. It's got a dark supper club kind of atmospher. On a Tuesday afternoon the restaurant filled up and the bar was hopping by the time we left..... Service was smooth. The waiter seemed familiar with the menu, the bus boy was attentive and the manager stopped by to see how our meal was." [Chowhound]

    Mostly Good News: "Has there been a lusher, sexier, more highly concepted restaurant design than Gitane in -- oh, I don't know -- years? ... Bonus: they have not only bacon bon bons, but also wood-oven pizza. The jury's still out on Dominic Venegas' sherry cocktails, however." [SF Station]

    Mostly Bad News: "...a very stylish and fun place. The food is average, nothing amazing. We would recommend going here for drinks and a couple small plates. Bigger meals get pricey, causing value to severly erode." [FoodNut]

    Quintessentially Useless Yelp News: "i do not know say what about you. just good" [Yelp]

    One Last Bit of Positive News: "Gitane might just be one of those perfect San Francisco dining experiences ... The food is a mixture of Basque, a little French, a little Spanish ... you'll also be able to have a true Neopolitan wood-fired pizza; I highly recommend the Gitan (chorizo, piquillo peppers, mushrooms, mozzarella and a sunny side up egg) ... Drinks are a whole other aspect of Gitane -- one of the bartenders told me they were focusing on sherries -- I don't know what that means but my Negroni Tinto nearly seduced me. [Nish/Yelp]
    · All Gitane Coverage [~ESF~]

    As always, your thoughts on Gitane are welcome in the comments.

    Copyright © 2008 Eater SF

    —Paolo

  • Eater Inside: Infusion Lounge

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Union Square  |  December 22, 2008 1:33 PM  |  547 views  |  No comments

    Union Square: In a very special preview edition of Eater Inside, here we have the flashy interior doings of Infusion Lounge. $4.6 million and two years in the making, the place doesn't open officially until New Year's Eve, but it's already been billed as the "most lavish nightclub buildout in city history." Hong Kong's renowned Kinney Chan designed the 6500 square-foot show, which includes fire, water, lots of neon lights, and one very expensive, laser-etched hologram (above) that follows you around the room. Even though part of us expects Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker to tumble through the door, there's no doubt that it's a memorable space that shan't be found elsewhere in the city, to say the least. Further reading on Infusion Lounge can be had in the Eater Archives.

    Copyright © 2008 Eater SF

    —Paolo

  • Recession-Proof: Harry Denton isn't hurting during these...

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Union Square  |  December 22, 2008 12:10 PM  |  550 views  |  No comments

    2008_12_starlight.jpgHarry Denton isn't hurting during these times, according to Harry Denton: "... the Starlight Room hasn't seen as much skimping, Denton said. "People will eat at home, but they'll drink more when things are screwed up' ... Dancing couples still form dreamy silhouettes against panoramic window views of the city." All together now: that place is still open? [Chron]

    Copyright © 2008 Eater SF

    —Paolo

  • Confirmed: Morton's Taking Former Disney Store Space

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Union Square  |  December 17, 2008 12:25 PM  |  563 views  |  No comments

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    Union Square: Way back in May, there were rumblings that Morton's would be expanding into the shuttered Disney Store directly next door, on one of the prized corners of Union Square. The Disney store even confirmed said rumors soon thereafter, but Morton's remained mum. In the six months since then, the space was gutted, and now Morton's finally acknowledges that it's taking it. The new space will double the steakhouse's size and become the main dining room, leaving the current one for overflow. Somewhat related: Morton's will be offering free mini sirloin burgers this Sunday from 5-6 pm to celebrate its 30-year anniversary. So, there's that.
    · On Morton's Highly-Suspected Disney Store Takeover [~ESF~]
    · EaterWire: Morton's Possible Expansion [~ESF~]

    Copyright © 2008 Eater SF

    —Paolo

 
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