The Ferry Building, San Francisco’s historic waterfront market and transit hub, has seen a surge in occupancy in recent weeks. Starting today, James Beard Award-winning chef Reem Assil is serving halawa chocolate chip cookies and cold cardamom beer in Suite 19 of the building, across from El Porteño. Offering exclusive Ferry Building items in addition to family-friendly offerings, including its popular mana’eesh, the new Assil business location will be open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. pm reduced hours this opening week).
Another local favorite also recently made the transition to a tenant of the Ferry Building. The Fatted Calf, known for its indulgent meat that includes cured salumi and smoked pastrami, opened in the Ferry Building in October after closing its former Fell Street location that same month. Currently, the new store in Suite 13 is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As promised to What Now SF, the business has essential items For just-in-time holidays: Good Shepherd Ranch turkeys, along with turkey broth, bourbon, and honey-glazed hams, are available for purchase.
Kansas City-born steakhouse opens restaurant in Napa
Chef Darryl Bell will open his first Stateline Road Smokehouse restaurant, a tribute to his Kansas upbringing, in Napa this spring, making him one of the few black restaurant owners in wine country. the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Bell has worked in the area since 2009 when she began cooking with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry. “It’s really important to me that whoever is at the top running the restaurant reflects a more diverse crowd,” says Bell.
Tenderloin diner recognized as queer historical landmark
Three years before the New York Stonewall Inn became a gathering point for the LGBTQIA+ community in the United States, a small chain called Compton’s Cafeteria at 101 Taylor Street was the site of a large queer demonstration against police violence. Hoodline reports that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on November 15 to commemorate the speech as the “Site of the Compton Cafeteria Riot.”
Third Culture Bakery to open in Inner Sunset
Although passers-by may have been concerned when they saw the signs for the mochi vendor Third Culture Bakery at 549 Irving Street, there is nothing to fear. The business told Eater SF via Instagram that graffiti caused the signage to go down, but only one last health inspection stands between the bakery and its neighborhood debut.