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“Mealmade” Reborn as “Kitava Kitchen”

The new Kitava Kitchen gets its name from a small Pacific island whose native inhabitants apparently lead a healthy lifestyle due to a fresh, nutritious diet. The name was one of the steps Jeff Nobbs and Brian Tublin took in coming together with their respective health-conscious meal delivery (formerly “Mealmade”) and catering (“Simmer”) services. The duo decided their separate visions were...

SF Mission’s Vietnamese restaurant MAU reopens

Valencia Street Vietnamese joint MAU reopened on Wednesday. Nadim Heto, the restaurant’s general manager, said all the employees were invited back, and many returned. That includes the restaurant’s chef, Kai Dang, who returned from Saigon and Da Lat, Vietnam, with fresh culinary ideas. “We’ve kept the food that you love and are introducing new favorites,” Heto said. Mau closed in...

El Metate — Happy Anniversary!

El Metate will celebrate its 15th year this November, and the young man who took our order at the counter of this sunny taqueria-plus seemed quite enthused about it. “We’re going to have a party!” “When?” I asked. “I’m not sure of the date, but we’ll let everyone know.” That cheerfulness follows you all the way inside from the Day-Glo yellow...

SNAP: Hoofing it to the deli

There’s a white horse on the top of Newkirk’s Deli, which opened two days ago at 1002 Potrero street. Although it looks like a plaster of Paris statue, it’s made of fiberglass.  “It weighs sixty pounds. You can sit on it!” owner Ryan Newkirk Blumenthal, who has been working for a couple months renovating the former site of the New...

SF Mission’s Wild Pepper Chinese restaurant burglarized

Wild Pepper, a Chinese restaurant on 26th Street and San Jose Avenue, was burglarized at 7:36 a.m. Sunday, according to the restaurant’s owners. Owner See Louie said he came to the restaurant around 9 a.m. to find the restaurant’s safe broken into and several pieces of artwork missing. He said the safe contained several days’ worth of cash revenue. He...

Rincon Nayarit — seafood from Mexico’s western coastline in SF’s Mission!

A “marisquería” is a restaurant specializing in seafood — fish, shellfish, crustaceans — and Rincon Nayarit does that but also from a specific region — the seafood of Nayarit, a state in Mexico on the western coastline, south of Mazatlán. We didn’t really have a true marisqueria in the Mission, until now. Rincon Nayarit is definitely a family affair —...

Neighborhood Notes: Trick Dog and Delfina win honors, plus MAPP Saturday evening

MAPP! It’s MAPP weekend! The Mission Arts and Performance Project is putting on its bimonthly arts event, which will be featuring music, poetry readings and art shows at six locations around the Mission Saturday evening. In collaboration with MEXASB from UC Berkeley, MAPP will be hosting an art sale fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake in Mexico on Saturday...

SF dance club and restaurant, now 19, secures permanent home

After 19 years in business, Marco Senghor has secured the future of Bissap Baobab on 19th Street. The Senegalese entrepreneur has bought 3372 19th St. from former Facebook executive Owen Van Natta for $1.6 million. The sale realizes a dream Senghor has had for years. It also means one property on the block is now owned by a businessman who...

Shuttered Farina restaurant evicted from 18th Street space

Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana appears to have been officially forced out of its space on 18th and Dearborn streets after an eviction. Documents taped to the door indicate the eviction took place Sept. 20. The state Department of Tax and Fee Administration had seized Farina’s liquor license in early July over nearly $275,000 in back taxes and penalties. According...

MAU not closing after all

Landlords of popular Valencia Street pho spot MAU reached out the restaurant and agreed to let it “continue on,” according to a note taped to its door Saturday — the day it was supposed to close for good. This follows the restaurant’s announcement last week that it would shutter due to rising rent and operational costs. The restaurant will still...

Neighborhood Notes: HOMEY returns, activist bus ads, Brava sneak peek

HOMEY is returning to the Mission! After spending years tucked away in the upstairs space of a building in SoMa, the originally Mission-based nonprofit Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth is set to move into a Mission Street storefront. “Were coming back home,” said Executive Director Roberto Elegio Alfaro. He said the group, known as HOMEY, was told it...

Elbo Room move delayed, owners carve out another year on current lease

Granted a one year lease- extension from its landlord, the Elbo Room will continue to operate out of its current 17th and Valencia street location until 2019. “We are excited. It means everybody still has jobs,” said Matt Shapiro, co-owner of the iconic Mission District bar, shortly before calling a staff meeting to inform his employees of the good news...

Indian Cuisine Opens Today In Former Nostra Space

Modern versions of classic Indian dishes will soon be served in the former Nostra Spaghetteria space on Valencia Street near 14th Street, when Babu Ji opens there. Chef Jessi Singh and his wife Jennifer already have one Babu Ji location open in New York City, their third after opening and selling two restaurants in Australia. Now, they are adding another...

Cuban Sandwiches Headed for Former Radish Space

Eater reports that the recently shuttered Radish on 19th and Lexington is slated to become Media Noche, a fast-casual dining spot offering Cuban flavors via Miami – that includes sandwiches, meat and rice bowls, empanadas, sangrias, and ice cream popsicles. The concept draws talent from several local eateries like Tacolicious, Delfina, Beretta, and Barzotto. Dishes fall mostly into the $12-$16 range, and the...

Bar Tartine Owners’ Experimental New Restaurant Opens Today

Family style, Japanese-inspired meals will be served at the former Herbivore on Valencia near 21st street starting today – and the restaurant will also have chefs serve guests directly, eliminate tipping, and aim to drive its food waste down to zero.   Two “guides” will monitor the restaurant, but cooks will do most of the serving, “bridging the divide between dining room and...