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The Opening Wire
Carolyn Alburger | Photo: Courtesy the Restaurants | April 30, 2013
A teriyaki joint, a gastropub, a whole animal sandwich shop and more—all freshly open across the Bay Area.
1) Glaze Teriyaki (1946 Fillmore St) is living and breathing on Fillmore Street now by way of New York. It’s a fast-casual joint serving Seattle-style teriyaki, which is a thing. Now you know! They had quite the grand opening crowd on April 25th, and you can check out all the fun things they do with teriyaki sauce in the gallery above. Glaze has paired up with local vendors like Devil’s Teeth Baking Co. to give this branch a personal touch.
2) The dead Gio’s space has found new life as Sydney Town Tavern (531 Commercial St.), a Barbary Coast-themed, TV-filled gastropub serving American “bistro” fare with a full bar. The new owners also run Irish Times, so you can expect a similar kind of food and drink.
3) New lunch stop Marrow is now up and running in the old Looney’s BBQ at 325 19th Street in Oakland. The small joint is run by Jon Koserk, formerly of Jon’s Street Eats, who will buy one cow at a time to use throughout the menu. You can find the daily changing offerings—e.g. grilled cheese, green goddess salad, Reuben, beef fat fries—via Twitter, and Facebook.
4) Over in the Castro, the Italian owners of Poesia are now running Dante’s Table at 455 Castro Street, last home of the short-lived Dancing Pig. They're offering a classic aperativo service from 5 to 7 p.m., which includes a complimentary barrage of snacks to accompany as many drinks as you'd like to buy. The real menu includes pizzas, large salads, antipasti, and pastas. You can check it out in full right here.
5) Fresca guy Jose Calvo-Perez has opened up his Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar, Puerto 27 (525 Crespi Drive), attached to the Pacifica Beach Hotel. The menu includes small plates such as pork belly potato stew, causas, and a ceviche bar. The bi-level dining area is accented by ocean views and—obviously—an Inca head sculpture. A former La Mar barman is running the drinks program. With La Costanera still sitting pretty in nearby Montara, this makes the second Peruvian spot in the vicinity.