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Souvla Is Back + More Restaurant News

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Souvla Is Back + More Restaurant News

Updated July 10th, 2020

If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with SF restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeout specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates around the city.

For the full list of 100+ restaurants offering new and unique takeout organized by neighborhood, check out our guide here. And if you have any tips or questions, send us an email at newsletter@theinfatuation.com.

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WEEK OF JULY 6

  • On Friday, Souvla, the fast-casual Greek restaurant, reopened its Hayes Valley and Marina locations for pick-up, and its SoMa location for lunchtime delivery. Have fun with all those lamb salads, wraps, and Greek fries, everyone.

  • Señor Sisig’s Oakland pop-up at 1628 Webster St. (in front of Spice Monkey) will continue throughout the summer every day from 11am-8:30pm. For East Bay folks, that means sisig burritos and nachos without having to cross a bridge.

  • There’s a new wine, beer, and spirits shop and tasting room in Oakland’s Grand Lake district called Alkali Rye Beverage Shop. They’re open from Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm. You can drop by the shop or place an order by calling 510-488-3637 or emailing hello@sipalkalirye.com.

  • A new Burmese restaurant called Herbal recently opened in the Tenderloin. It’s from the same owner behind Oakland’s Grocery Cafe, which closed back in February. They’re open for takeout Monday-Saturday, 11:30am-8pm

  • As of Tuesday, July 7th, restaurants in Yolo County will be fined up to $10,000 for failing to comply with state and local health orders, AP reports.

  • Rocky’s Market has opened a second location in Oakland’s historic 9th Avenue Terminal Building at Brooklyn Basin, and will be celebrating their grand opening this Friday. The SF Chronicle also reports that their all-day restaurant called Kitchen, featuring breakfast sandwiches, salads, and half roasted chicken, will also debut on that day.

  • Mayor London Breed announced on July 7th that restaurants will not be reopening for indoor dining on July 13th. Napa County will also roll back on indoor dining starting Thursday.

  • Over the weekend, restaurants in Marin County were ordered to close indoor dining for a minimum of three weeks.

  • A new plant-based restaurant is set to open in Hayes Valley on August 1st, the SF Chronicle reports. The restaurant is called Baia (it will open with a shorter menu as A Taste of Baia), and will take over the spot once occupied by Jardiniere.

  • Petit Crenn will temporarily close until January 2021. In the meantime, the kitchen will be used in partnership with Rethink Food NYC to create free meals for low-income communities.

  • After losing their physical space at University Press Books in Berkeley, the only Ohlone restaurant in the world will turn to takeout and curated dinner boxes while the owners search for a new permanent location.

  • Closings: Mama Papa Lithuania, the Bay’s only Lithuanian restaurant, will close down at the end of the month, the SF Chronicle reports. Also, Nico in Jackson Square, Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen in the Outer Sunset, Independent Brewing Company in Jack London Square, and Velvet Cantina in the Mission are also closing permanently.

WEEK OF JUNE 29

  • For the first time in its 171-year history, Tadich Grill is accepting reservations for dates after July 13 (when SF restaurants are permitted to reopen for dine-in service).

  • The famous Ghirardelli Square marquee will soon be coming down, letter by letter, so it can be replicated and preserved. But don’t worry - a new sign will take its place by the end of summer.

  • Nick’s Pizza in Oakland is moving down the street from their current home at 6211 Shattuck to a larger space at 6400 Shattuck starting Sept. 1. They’ll remain open at their current location through the end of July before taking a month off to prep the new space.

  • Picante in Berkeley has started a new drive-thru service. You can order burritos, tostadas, and tamales online or by calling 510-525-3121.

  • Last week, Mayor London Breed announced that bars will not be permitted to reopen for outdoor drinking on June 29th, citing a rise in coronavirus cases. A new reopening date has yet to be announced. Even though you can’t drink outside just yet, you can still order beer, wine, and cocktails to-go. Check out our full list of alcohol takeout spots here.

  • Double Rainbow, the ice cream company that was founded in the Castro back in the ’70s, is opening a scoop shop this summer. It’ll be located a few doors down from Hot Cookie.

  • Closings: Estela’s Donburi in Lower Nob Hill, Stacks in Hayes Valley, Pacific Standard Taproom in Berkeley

WEEK OF JUNE 22

  • On June 22nd, the Ferry Building opened a new 76-table outdoor dining area in the back plaza. Tables (with umbrellas) are 10-feet apart, and are open to the public throughout the summer. If you’re looking for a shaded spot with great views to eat your goods from Acme Bread or Cowgirl Creamery, this is it.

  • The team behind Comal in Downtown Berkeley is opening a second location of their casual spin-off, Comal Next Door, on Grand Ave. in Oakland. You can get tacos, burritos, and cocktails by Lake Merritt starting June 22nd.

  • The Emeryville Public Market recently debuted new outdoor seating in the breezeway behind the market. Additional changes are expected in the coming weeks.

  • Capo’s Pizza and Fine Italian Dinners in North Beach now officially goes by Capo’s Pizza Pasta & Cocktails. They’ve also made the switch from serving Chicago-style pizzas to Detroit-style.

  • Vegan Mob, the BBQ spot in Oakland’s Lakeshore for plant-based brisket and ribs, and vegan mac and cheese, is looking to expand into San Francisco.

  • Closings: Nopalito’s Inner Sunset location on 9th St., Ichi Sushi in Bernal Heights

WEEK OF JUNE 15

  • The owner of Hi Tops bar is planning a new bar inside of the upcoming Castro hotel. It will be called Lobby Bar and open May 2021.

  • Alameda County allowed restaurants to reopen for outdoor dining on Friday, June 19th. We’ll have a running list of restaurants shortly.

  • San Mateo County announced on Wednesday that restaurants, bars, and wineries can reopen for indoor dining, effective immediately. The county has been open for outdoor dining since June 6th.

  • The people behind Trestle, Corridor, and The Vault has opened The Vault Garden, a new 100-seat, outdoor-only restaurant in the Financial District. The restaurant is designed with safety in mind (expect plenty of space for social distancing and lots of hand sanitizer), and will serve wine, cocktails, and everything from fish tacos to fried chicken sandwiches.

  • Curio Bar in the Mission will reopen for the first time since the Covid-19 closures on Friday, June 19th from 4-9pm. They’ll reopen their outdoor patio for dine-in, and also feature a new menu.

  • The Lister Bar in Park Merced has also reopened for the first time since closing due to Covid-19, and is once again offering outdoor seating in their garden patio. Reservations are available on their website.

  • Pier 39 reopened on June 18th, meaning you can once again have clam chowder bowls and chocolate fudge to go along with your view of the seals.

  • Liholiho Yacht Club returned on June 13th for takeout only, and a limited menu of spamburgers, malasadas, and an 11-pound salmon kit. You can order here for pick-up Wednesday-Saturday.

  • Closings: Dobbs Ferry in Hayes Valley, Walzwerk in the Mission, Castro Republic in the Castro, Liba in Oakland

WEEK OF June 8

  • Mayor London Breed announced on June 9th that restaurants in San Francisco can reopen for outdoor dining on June 12th, three days ahead of schedule. Under the city’s Shared Spaces Program, restaurants without patios or outdoor dining areas can apply for permits, which would allow them to take over parts of the sidewalks, parking lanes, streets, or other nearby public spaces. More guidelines for Friday’s reopening are expected later this week.

  • Cockscomb in Mission Bay has reopened and is serving meal kits and family-style suppers for pick-up, Wednesday to Saturday. Call 415-974-0700 or order here.

  • Cheese Board Collective reopened last week for takeout, and will shift from online ordering to walk-ups-only starting June 9th. You can currently get pizza, baked goods, and cheese - they’ll be expanding their offerings in the coming weeks.

  • Robin, the omakase spot in Hayes Valley, is now offering sushi boxes ($29-69), a DIY handroll box, and sake to-go. Order here.

  • Flour + Water Pizzeria recently returned for takeout and delivery with a modified menu. They’ll be open daily starting June 10th.

  • Cafe Flore in the Castro may reopen to the public, and is currently looking for a chef.

  • Closings: Angkor Borei in Bernal Heights, Miliki in Oakland, Toy Boat Dessert Cafe in the Richmond, Perch Coffeehouse in Oakland, Skool in Portrero Hill, It’s Tops on Market St.

WEEK OF JUNE 1

  • This week, Marin County restaurants were allowed to reopen for outdoor dining only, while Sonoma County gave the green light for restaurants to open their dining rooms on June 6th. For the most updated list, check out our guide to North Bay Restaurants That Have Opened, So Far.

  • On June 1st, Santa Clara County also announced outdoor dining can resume on June 5th. San Mateo County can also reopen for outdoor dining on Saturday, June 6th. We’ll have a running list, shortly.

WEEK OF MAY 25

  • San Tung in the Inner Sunset reopened on May 29th with their full menu (and dry-fried wings) for takeout only. You can place an order by calling 415-242-0828.

  • La Taqueria reopened for takeout on May 27th. They also ditched their cash-only policy, and are now accepting credit cards. You can place an order for pick-up by calling 415-285-7117.

  • Zeitgeist in the Mission will reopen on May 30th and 31st from 12-5pm to test their new takeout menu (which will include margaritas, Bloody Marys, and grilled cheeses). The line will go through their beer garden, and showcase art to view while you wait.

  • Wise Sons in the Mission opened a Mediterranean delivery-only operation called Lev. The menu has wraps, rice bowls, and fries with harissa and yogurt. You can place your order here.

  • Pabu started pick-up and delivery service on May 28th, with an Omakase Box for $95 a person. They’re available in limited quantities from 5-8pm, Tuesday-Saturday. You can place an order here.

  • Aria Korean Street Food in the Tenderloin opened a new delivery-only operation called Korean Burrito Joint by Aria. The menu combines Korean-Mexican burritos and tacos, and bulgogi tater tots. Delivery is available 10am-10pm every day, and you can place an order here.

  • Foreign Cinema in the Mission started taking pre-orders for pick-up on May 28th. The menu has things like smoked salmon, fried chicken, steak. Cocktails and wine are available, too. You can place an order here.

  • Arizmendi Emeryville is taking online pre-orders for pick-up on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturday from 10am-4pm. They’re selling parbaked pizza, pastry boxes, and bread. If you miss the cut-off for pre-orders, they’ll have a limited menu available for walk-ups.

  • Closings: Hakkasan in Union Square

WEEK OF MAY 18

  • Napa and Solano County restaurants were allowed to reopen their dining rooms for dine-in this week. (Sonoma County restaurants can reopen for outdoor dining only.) For now, we’re simply going to focus on what we know: Which places are opening back up and what to expect based on the state-wide restrictions. For the most up-to-date information, check out our guide to North Bay Restaurants That Have Opened, So Far.

  • Bar Crudo is now offering a weekly-changing menu focused on tacos inspired by Southern California, and aguas frescas, horchata, and beer. They’re open 12-6pm from Wednesday-Saturday, and can place an order here

  • Nick’s Pizza in Oakland reopened with a modified takeout menu on May 18th. They’ll be selling light-baked pizzas (with the sourdough crust), and housemade desserts and bread 12-6pm, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. They’re not taking phone orders, so you’ll have to drop by to order.

  • Piperade, the Basque restaurant in North Beach, reopened for takeout and delivery on May 18th. The menu includes pintxos, salads, seafood, and a create-your-own meal (with your choice of protein and vegetables). You can place an order here.

  • Flour + Water has opened a new takeout and delivery operation called Flour + Water Pasta Shop. They’re selling things like pasta kits, fresh pasta, sauces, and pantry items Wednesday-Sunday. You can pre-order here.

  • Marlowe in SoMa reopened for takeout on May 22nd. They’re meals (including their burger) will be offered as kits for the first time ever. The Burger Kit is $40, and includes two burgers and dessert. You can place an order here.

  • Closings: The Stork Club in Oakland, Thieves Tavern and Blind Cat in the Mission, and The Stud in SoMa have closed permanently.

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