As we head into the weekend, here’s a few bites of San Francisco Bay Area dining and drinking news you can use from Marlowe, Gaspar Brasserie and ManresaBread.
If you’ve been waiting for SoMa neighborhood fave Marlowe to open its highly-anticipated Burger Window at its new location on Brannan Street, you’re not alone. Well, guess what? The folks at Big Night Restaurant Group have shifted their plans to something bigger and better—a brand new pop-up burger joint and private dining space at its original 330 Townsend Street location. It won’t open until April 1 but we’re so excited about it that we couldn’t wait to tell you.
Why was the decision made? Well, due to the high volume of customers at Brannan Street and the less than alluring new SoMa subway line construction, owners Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas were inspired to give James Beard nominated chef Jennifer Puccio’s burger its own space. The shift in plans will also offer diners a more accessible location.
“While we’re thrilled the community has so wholeheartedly embraced the new restaurant, the volume of diners has made it difficult to open a burger window,” says Nicholas, the managing partner and owner of Big Night Restaurant Group. “That, plus the combination of the new subway line construction and the remaining time on our lease at 330 Townsend Street, got us thinking about giving Marlowe Burger its own space and what better place than where the burger was born.”
Securing a lease extension at 330 Townsend Street, the group will now transition the original space into a pop-up serving the Marlowe Burger during the day while transforming it into an intimate private dining space in the evening. Other featured menu items will include Marlowe favorites such as the crispy fried chicken sandwich, Brussels sprout chips, and a variety of cookies, brownies and bite-size treats from renowned Chief Pastry Officer Emily Luchetti.
Manresa Bread Opens Today
Photo Credit: Joyce Oudkerk Pool
ManresaBread will open its first retail space on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 276 N. Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos. Inspired by the bread program at the two Michelin-star Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, ManresaBread offers hand-crafted, small batch breads and pastries by Manresa head baker Avery Ruzicka.
ManresaBread will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, eventually moving to seven days a week. Currently available at the Palo Alto and Campbell farmers’ markets, ManresaBread will also become available at Verve Coffee Roasters in an exclusive partnership providing breads and pastries for the coffee house’s three locations in Santa Cruz beginning March 1. Co-founded by Ruzicka, partner and Manresa chef/owner David Kinch and partner Andrew Burnham, the company will look to expand to other retail locations in the South Bay and eventually online sales.
Gaspar Brasserie Offers Sazerac Flights
Gaspar Brasserie has launched a new Sazerac flight at its beautiful, Mad Men-esque bar in downtown San Francisco. The $20 flight comes with three different interpretations of the iconic drink.
Cognac, Absinthe wash, Peychaud’s
Rye, Absinthe wash, Peychaud’s
Brenne (French single malt whiskey), Green Chartreuse wash, Peychaud’s