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- After 160 years of clam soup, crab louie and fish rolls, Bayview’s Old Clam House is on the market for $ 2.75 million, Socketsite first reported. The Bayshore Boulevard landmark, built in 1861 to serve waterfront workers, is believed to be the oldest continuously operating restaurant in San Francisco (Tadich Grill has beaten it for years, but no continuity) but has never been classified as a historic resource or accepted. The purchase price includes the iconic neon advertising of the Old Clam House, the license for spirits and the “fully equipped restaurant with comprehensive service”. However, as Socketsite points out, the property is earmarked for development up to 65 feet in height and is likely to beckon Bay area developers. The Old Clam House has been closed since March 2020. [Socketsite]
- The Bay Area beer bars, Original Pattern and Beer Baron, have responded to allegations of wrongdoing that surfaced over the weekend amid a flurry of stories of sexism and racism at the craft brewery. Oakland’s Original Pattern Brewing has fired an assistant brewer who was accused of wrongdoing and the owner of Beer Baron says he cut ties with a contractor who admitted improper conduct. Modern Times Beer founder and CEO Jacob McKean announced that he would be leaving the company on Tuesday on allegations of misconduct, but not before workers at the Oakland brewery site went on strike. [SF Chronicle]
- The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America dinner series returns in person this summer. Tickets are now available for a late August dinner at Sobre Mesa, Oakland’s stunning Afro-Latino cocktail lounge operated by Nelson German. After his multi-part appearance in the current season of Bravo’s top chef, German will join Sobra Mesa’s pastry chef Felicia Tom in the three-course dinner worth 300 US dollars on August 22nd.
- A new hybrid wine and sushi bar will open in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley this spring, reports the SF Chronicle, run by the chef behind Palo Alto’s Bird Dog. Le Fantastique at 22 Franklin Street will be a more casual setting for Robbie Wilson, who cooked prior to the opening of Bird Dog at the French Laundry and Nobu in Aspen, Colorado. The multi-faceted restaurant has a wine tasting room, a sushi bar, a sitting dining room and a semi-private lounge and serves a changing menu with fish, caviar preparations and soft milk bread. Wilson expects to open Le Fantastique in mid to late June. [SF Chronicle]
- The return of the big festivals in the Bay Area will begin next month with the Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Thursday for the 84th season of the free outdoor music festival. The concert series runs from June 20th to the end of August and ends on August 29th with the festival’s annual Big Picnic. The first ticket options include pods with four or six people. The guidelines will be adjusted over time, according to the organizers, with limited seating expected for the first few concerts. Stay tuned for food truck updates.