Verbena (Russian Hill) The guys behind Berkeley’s Gather are combining seasonal California fare with wines curated by Michael Ireland.
ETA : Mid-December
2323 Polk St. (near Union St.)
Alta CA (SoMa) An alderwood bar and semi-open kitchen will be the focus of this casual restaurant from Daniel Patterson.
ETA : Early December
1240 Market St. (at Van Ness ave.)
Shakewell Bar & Kitchen (Oakland) Chef Jen Biesty and pastry chef Tim Nugent are cooking an American eclectic menu. Think green-garlic saltcod fritters, albondigas sofrito, and a seasonal cocktail menu.
ETA : March 2014
3407 Lakeshore Ave. (at Mandana Blvd.)
Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar (Bernal Heights) The new iteration of this sushi darling will include an omakase bar and another bar with an izakaya menu. The old Ichi space will turn into an oyster bar, slated to open in early March.
ETA : Early 2014
3282 Mission St. (at 29th St.)
Chino (Mission) Brandon Jew, formerly of Bar Agricole, is applying his Chinese heritage to this San Francisco–ized restaurant (note: our editor-atlarge, Sara Deseran, is a partner). Expect dumplings and cocktails.
ETA : Late spring 2014
3198 16th St. (at Guerrero St.)
Originally published in the December issue of San Francisco