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A Chef at One of the World’s Best Restaurants Is Coming Home to Revamp America’s School Lunches

A Chef at One of the World’s Best Restaurants Is Coming Home to Revamp America’s School Lunches


After three years at one of the world’s best restaurants, Daniel Giusti will focus his talents on improving school lunches

Giusti’s company, Brigaid, will outfit schools with brand new kitchens, and hire chefs to work in them full-time.

Daniel Giusti, the American chef de cuisine at Noma, the on-again, off-again best restaurant in the world (this year, it’s number three), will leave his post at the end of the year and return home to Washington, where he will turn to an entirely different area of the food industry — school lunches.

In January, Giusti will leave Noma — which is currently undergoing its own major transformation — to launch his own company, Brigaid, focusing on improving the nutritional standards set for American schoolchildren. Brigaid will either renovate or build entirely new kitchens inside schools, and then hire professional chefs to work in them, a project that will require serious capital from investors whom Giusti is currently courting.

The task is not a small one, considering the surprisingly complicated politics behind giving children good food, and the fact that the USDA gives schools $3.07 a day for each student eligible to receive free lunch, and 29 cents for each student who pays full price.

Among his mentors, Giusti has turned to Sam Kass, the former White House chef and Obama’s nutrition policy advisor, and current senior food analyst for NBC News. “There’s a whole host of challenges that make it very, very difficult” to make necessary changes, Kass told the Washington Post. “But at the same time, there’s a culture of thinking in the school nutrition world that is a problem in itself. Someone coming from the outside with new ideas is good.”


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


Coming this year: The Bay Area’s 13 most anticipated new restaurants

If ever there was a year to pay attention to new local businesses, it is 2021.

Typically, every January or February, our food writers and colleagues around the Bay Area set their sights on the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to the region. These are the hot spots, up and coming chefs and ones to watch.

Somehow, this year, during an unprecedented time of loss that the National Restaurant Assocation estimates at 110,000 restaurants, or one in six, gone, restaurateurs in Northern California are still making headlines for their forthcoming new destinations, from San Jose to Tiburon and everywhere in between.

Some restaurants were in the works before the pandemic and were delayed because of the shelter-in-place mandates. Others are lifelong dreams or permanent pivots, fine dining establishments put to rest in favor of takeout-friendly, fine-casual fare.

Here are 13 we’ll be keeping our eyes on. You should, too.

Bar Quiote, Livermore

You know mezcal. But what about sotol, bacanora and raicilla? These Mexican artisanal spirits — plus one killer hot dog — will be the focus of this cocktail bar and eatery from a team that includes the co-founders of Range Life in Livermore.

Bar Quiote owners, from left, Waine Longwell, his wife Lauren Heanes-Longwell and Christian Schaal plan to open their cocktail bar and eatery in March. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Bar Quiote, owned and operated by Waine Longwell (co-founder and former bar director of Range Life), Lauren Heanes-Longwell (co-founder and former creative director of Range Life) and Christian Schaal (former bar manager of Zebulon in Los Angeles), will offer their version of a traditional Sonoran Hot Dog with bacon, beans, pico de gallo, salsa verde and cotija, alongside a selection of other Southwest-inspired bar fare.

In addition to craft cocktails, Bar Quiote will serve flights of rare and artisanal Mexican spirits on ceramics from Oaxaca. The interior space features lime-washed walls and a custom, horseshoe-shaped bar made from hickory wood.

Details: Bar Quiote is projected to open in mid-March at 112 Maple St., Livermore www.facebook.com/barquiote

BE.STÉAK.Ă, Campbell

This fine dining steakhouse from chef Jeffrey Stout of Orchard City Kitchen technically opened in December with a seven-course tasting menu for curbside pickup only. Yeah, we didn’t go for that, either.

But as of Feb. 12, Stout is now open for outdoor dining with a menu of small plates, steak cuts, pastas and side dishes in an al fresco-centric setting, with two heated patios that seat up to 60 people.

Among the signature offerings are Beef Fat Popovers, Prosciutto di Parma with Gnocco Fritto, Gnudi Pomodori, Roasted Pumpkin Cappellacci, Bistecca alla Fiorentina, Griddled Polenta Cake and Salzburger Nockerl. The beverage program features a wine list of 300 bottles with an emphasis on Italy and elegant, palate-cleansing cocktails, like the Velvet Cummerbund, made with gin, fino sherry, anisette, falernum and basil.

Inside, when seating is permitted, you’ll find Chitarra artwork and a color scheme of neutral whites, blues, grey and burnt orange, complemented by light walnut stained tabletops adorned with white linen tablecloths. Definitely a showstopper and one to watch in the South Bay.

Details: Open for outdoor dining from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 1887 S. Bascom Ave., in the Pruneyard Shopping Center, Campbell http://besteaka.com

Chef-owner Lito Saldana holds a flight of 10 tacos at his 5 Tacos and Beers in Albany. The concept is coming to Walnut Creek this summer. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

5 Tacos & Beers, Walnut Creek

Lito Saldana, the chef-owner behind 5 Tacos & Beers in Albany and El Cerrito, is bringing the Mexican beer garden concept to the former Tender Greens space in downtown Walnut Creek. They’ll serve five different daily tacos, such as beef short ribs marinated in barbacoa adobo, made with organic meats and produce and handmade tortillas, along with 30 to 40 local craft beers from the custom keg room. Also, look for a weekend taco brunch with live music.

Details: 5 Tacos & Beers is projected to open this summer at 1352 Locust St., Walnut Creek www.5tacos.com.

The Eataly emporium at Valley Fair, like this one in New York’s Flatiron district, will carry an astounding array of cheese, salumi and other Italian specialties. (Photo courtesy of Eataly) Eataly

Eataly, Santa Clara

The “shop, eat, learn” culinary experience known as Eataly is still on track to make its Silicon Valley debut later this year.

Construction is under way on the 51,000-square-foot, three-floor marketplace and restaurant complex — the first in Northern California — at Westfield Valley Fair as part of the Santa Clara center’s $1 billion expansion.

The concept has been called a Disneyland for Italian food lovers, with pasta, cheeses, sauces, gelato, wine, espresso — and loads of inspiration for the home cook — under one roof.

Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti opened his first Eataly in Turin, Italy, in 2007, and the company now operates 41 stores globally. There are several in North America, including New York (two), Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The latest, a Dallas location, opened in 2020.

Details: 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara www.eataly.com/us_en/.

Dela Cura and Sundo, Oakland

Chef Chikara Ono will reinvent his former Swan’s Market izakaya, B-Dama, as two casual concepts inspired by Japan’s department store food halls. Dela Curo will specialize in Japanese black curry, while Sundo’s focus will be on Japan’s famously thick, sweet milk bread fruit sandwiches. Both are takeout friendly and have been popping up on the menu at the Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, where chef Ono is operating during the pandemic.

Details: Dela Cura and Sundo are slated to open this spring at 901 Washington St., Oakland.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who will open a new restaurant concept at San Jose’s Santana Row called Momosan Ramen & Sake. (Photo courtesy of Santana Row) Federal Realty

Momosan Santana Row, San Jose

Yes, Masaharu Morimoto is still coming to town.

A year ago, the famed Iron Chef announced plans to open a casual restaurant, Momosan Santana Row, at that chic center. “San Jose is a city with traditional culture, including traditions that are adapted from Japan, as well as the most advanced technology as the center of Silicon Valley,” Morimoto said in a statement at the time. “I am very excited to explore the challenges and opportunities such a unique place offers me.”

Morimoto envisions Momosan as a fun, casual environment for enjoying ramen, sake and beer. For a sneak preview of what’s coming, check out the menu for the Waikiki, Seattle or New York City locations: Pork gyoza, soft-shell bao, chicken karaage and maki mingle on the menu with a half-dozen ramen bowls. And expect some creative, only-in-the-valley dishes too.

Look for a late summer or early fall opening in the prime corner spot formerly occupied by Pasta Pomodoro, a spokeswoman for the Row said.

Details: Santana Row Plaza and Olsen Drive www.momosanramen.com

When it opens in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, La Cocina Municipal Market will be the country’s first women-led food hall. (Courtesy of LMNOP Design Inc)

La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin

Delayed by the pandemic, this highly-anticipated women-led food hall — the first in the country — will open with six female food entrepreneurs. They are: Estrellita Snack’s, a Salvadoran spot for pupusas and tamales chef-owner Tiffany Carter’s Boug Cali, known for gumbo and po boys Dilsa Lugo’s Los Cilantros Mexican fare Kayma, an Algerian spot from Wafa and Mounir Bahloul Mi Morena, a tacos de guisado kiosk from Guadalupe Moreno and Nafy Flatley’s baobab-centric Senegalese juice business.

When it opens, the Municipal Marketplace will offer economic opportunity for low-income and immigrant women and a safe and accessible space for Tenderloin residents, according to its La Cocina founders. After a six-week pause on construction last March due to shelter-in-place mandates, construction resumed, and inspections were passed in December.

Details: The marketplace is slated to open for takeout in early spring at 101 Hyde St., San Francisco https://lacocinasf.org

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza spot in SoMA, is opening its first East Bay location this March. (Courtesy Square Pie Guys)

Square Pie Guys, Oakland

The crazy-popular San Francisco pizzeria known for Detroit-style artisanal pizzas will make its second home in Oakland this spring. Co-owners Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller will offer a similar menu to their SoMa location: Signature cheddar cheese-edge and mozzarella pizzas, including the Bacon My Heart, the Big Von with ricotta cream and Mike’s Hot Honey, and the new JLin Pie, a collaboration with basketball icon Jeremy Lin. In addition, they’re bringing Hetchy’s Hots, the restaurant’s online-only Nashville hot chicken sandwich shop, to Oakland as well.

Details: Square Pie Guys is set to open in March at 499 Ninth St., Oakland, with the eatery opening at 11 a.m. daily https://squarepieguys.com.

La Perla Puerto Rican Cuisine, Oakland

Set for a soft opening this week, La Perla is the highly-anticipated brick and mortar from father-and-son duo Cheo and Gabriel Ortiz, who for the past three years have been slinging their mofongo — fried green plantains that are mashed, seasoned and topped with different meats — and other Puerto Rican specialties from a takeout counter inside Two Star Market in Oakland’s Dimond District.


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