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Winter openings and closings

The Boston Chowhounders have a great tradition of doing monthly threads keep track of soon-to-open and just-opened restaurants in the area. It was a great way for new and old hounds alike to get to know the restaurant scene in the area. I think it started as a seasonal thread before that got unmanageable, and then moved to a monthly thread.

So, what's new or about to go away this winter in the bay area?

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  1. It looks like Pastis is now open in Palo Alto, where Joanie's used to be on California Ave. They're doing French bistro style food and are run by the same people who run Joanie's.

    No menu online yet, but they do have a twitter feed: http://twitter.com/pastispaloalto. Given my wife's love of cassoulet, we'll probably check it out soon.

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    1. re: jacquesf

      I put Pastis Bistro into the Restaurants and Bars database, and included links to its website and FB page.

      Pastis Bistro
      447 S California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306

    2. There are so many openings around here that such topics wouldn't make a lot of sense, especially since openings have a way of being repeatedly postponed. On this board soon-to-open places usually get their own topics.

      1. Tablehopper and Eater SF both do a really job with just this thing.

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        1. re: Atomica

          Also Inside Scoop and Grubstreet. They all pick up on each other's scoops.

        2. While I do agree with the others that the publications mentioned do a good job of keeping up with openings and closings, their focus is on San Francisco and not much outside the City limits. Also they're skewed towards the places that have publicists to send out press releases. I hope that we can hear more about new spots that haven't fed into the pre-opening hype machine yet and especially those located outside San Francisco.

          I'll mention Babette Cafe that opened on Tuesday at the Berkeley Art Museum, serving breakfast, lunch, Ritual Coffee, and snacks thoughout the day. Joan Ellis of Augergine Catering is behind it. I met her three years ago at a Berkeley party where she served this apple tart. It was so gorgeous I took a photo of it.

          I've not been to Babette myself, and probably won't until it has weekend hours, but I hope she will be baking there as well.

          Babette Cafe
          2625 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            That's exactly what I meant. Thanks!

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Starting a new topic called Babette Cafe - Berkeley Art Museum would draw more attention.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Yes, it would. But I think that's too much attention when I don't have a first hand eating experience to offer or any info on the menu. If someone has a chance to try it, please do start a new topic.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Babette has now been open for nearly eight months and recently received the "Best Museum Cafe" award from the East Bay Express.

            2. I think it is fairly significant that The Moss Room closed New Year's Day.

              1. Not exactly surprising, but the Christmas time closing of longstanding Chevy's in Redwood City did seem sudden.

                Thanks to a little digging prompted by this thread, discovered that quite a few businesses are throwing their hats into the ring that is downtown RWC. From the RedwoodCityPatch:

                "New restaurants and cafes in Redwood City over the past year include the American-style comfort food of Redwood Creek Grill, a new Old Spaghetti Factory, Yoppi Yogurt, Sakura Teppanyaki's Japanese food, sandwiches from Ike's Lair and The Sandwich Spot, gourmet cupcakes from SweetCakes, and more."

                Looks like I can finally get to see what all the Ike's fuss is about.

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                1. re: ceekskat

                  Someday there will be a teppanyaki that's not a stupid benihana ripoff

                  1. re: bbulkow

                    And the last new eatery in Menlo Park? Subway...sigh. Wait, I take that back. There is the Restaurant Mitsunobu.

                    Did you hear of the temporary demise of the British Bankers Club? Had no idea there were such problems.


                    1. re: ceekskat

                      I never got that vibe on my visits, but those were mostly weeknights and lunch on the weekends. It's really too bad... not many bars like BBC in the area.

                      1. re: ceekskat

                        It looks like the BBC's demise has gone permanent. The domain name has been reclaimed, and they're past the 6 month permit transfer window.

                        I think we're left with City Pub in RWC for outdoor seating, beer selection, and train station proximity. BBC was better in all dimensions - and, critically, closer to my house - but there you go.

                        1. re: bbulkow

                          There seems to be actual construction in the BBC space. One rumor says it's a Facebooker who bought the place and intends to make a small fortune in the restaurant biz (you know the joke). We keep asking the Barone staff. No word on whether they will have a beer-friendly nature, although they'd have to rip out the lines... it would seem a shame....

                          Any news on LB Steak , the most recent opening in Menlo Park ? We were thinking of a burger at the bar yesterday, ended up elsewhere.

                          1. re: bbulkow

                            The new owner of the former BBC is Owen Van Natta, who worked for Facebook and Zynga.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              You're a source for sf.eater.com now! They listed your post as a source.

                              We liked LB steaks. They have a "prime rib sunday" and I got a heck of a slice of prime rib for $30 with fixins. GF had a cocktail which was quite nice. On a sunday night the bar area was very pleasant - ie, empty. I was very skeptical as a Santana Row Chain, but we ended up liking our food and if you stay away from the tomahawk chop ($60/pp menu price) you can get out the door for less.