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Mar 20, 2009 09:32 AM

Help Identifying SF Restaurant

Hi, I'm attempting to identify an SF restaurant. My information is from 1999 or 2000, so it's of course possible some things have changed -- and that the restaurant may no longer be in business. What I have isn't a great deal of information, but I think it should be sufficient for some solid guesses. In any event, some ten years ago, the restaurant had the following features:

-- It was "down the street" from a rock and roll motel (which was in turn around the corner from the O'Farrell Theater)

-- It was "fairly swanky"

-- The chef was "fairly young" and in his second or third chef's job

-- The restaurant had an "overwhelming initial rush of business"

-- The restaurant's crew was large

Thanks in advance for any help.

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  1. Do you know what kind of food it is/was?

    The "rock and roll motel" sounds like the Phoenix Hotel.

    1. The OFarrell Theater is at Polk and OFarrell

      Bambuddha Lounge is IN the Phoenix Hotel (not motel).

      As a wild guess, which doesn't fit many of the clues other than the hipster vibe of the question, how about the now defunct "DOT" restaurant in the Miyako Hotel, owned by Nick Graham, the boxer shorts magnate.

      1. Phoenix Hotel for sure.

        Miss Pearl's Jam House, chef Joey Altman?

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Miss Pearl's Jam House was in the Phoenix Hotel where Bambuddha Lounge is now, correct?

          1. re: Paul H

            Yeah. Closed in '96? Reopened in Jack London Square last year.

            Miss Pearl's Jam House
            10 Washington St, Oakland, CA

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              The OP is talking about a place that was evidently open in 2000.

              1. re: Paul H

                Oh, right. In 1999-2000 that would have been Backflip.

        2. Trying to think of somewhere on Van Ness/Civic Center area that might fit the description......

          1. Stars, perhaps? Chef Jeremiah Tower, closed in 1999.

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