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Jan 3, 2012 07:25 PM

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: 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.