Neighborhood Watch

Disco Volante Launches Dinner, Little Bird Now Serves Food, and More

Little Bird
Little Bird Photo: Tenderblog

Oakland: Disco Volante (347 14th Street) the new cocktail lounge/restaurant/pinball parlor from the Ruby Room/Radio guy and partners, will start serving dinner tomorrow, February 2, with a menu from chef Doug Bernstein (Bacar, Eccolo). [Tablehopper]

Tenderloin: Little Bird (835 Geary), the coffeehouse that opened last summer, has evolved into serving a full vegetarian breakfast and lunch menu from chef Nancy Felz, as well as things like ‘Komosas’ (’mimosas’ with kombucha and OJ). [Tenderblog]

Potrero Hill: Sounds like chef Lauren Kiino (Il Cane Rosso) may be starting to test out recipes for the upcoming and much delayed Bracina in Jack London Square in Oakland. She’ll be doing two prix fixe, $35 dinners at Coffee Bar (1890 Bryant) on February 4 and 25. Here’s the menu. [Tablehopper, Earlier]

Upper Haight: (…and elsewhere) Magnolia Pub is participating in Strong Beer Month, offering half a dozen beers with alcohol by volume north of 8.5%. Also participating are Social Kitchen & Brewery and 21st Amendment. [SFoodie]

San Anselmo: L’Appart Resto seemed like it might be closing for good, though there were hints that it might not be for good. And alas, it’s reopening February 17 with a new chef and a slightly less sophisticated menu. Think more neighborhood bistro. [Scoop]

Napa: The lineup for Cochon 555, Napa Edition is out. The fun happens on March 6, featuring a quintet of chefs: Charlie Parker (Plum), Duskie Estes (Zazu), Brandon Sharp (Solbar), Dave Cruz (Ad Hoc), and Curtis de Fede and Rodde (Oenotri). Get tickets here. [Scoop]

Our Neighbors Down South

A couple of quick updates about L.A. restaurants.

Beverly Center:
Animal chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are opening the highly anticipated, fish-centric Son of a Gun at 8379 West Third in the next few weeks. [Food & Wine via Grub Street LA]

Culver City:
Opening tonight is Lukshon, the new restaurant from Father’s Office chef Sang Yoon. We have the illustrated menu. [Grub Street LA]

Hollywood: Legendary New York hot dog purveyors Papaya King (which is nonetheless not as good as Gray’s Papaya, Rachael Ray’s list notwithstanding) are moving in on Hollywood, attached to an ambitious new bar and lounge at the former Nacional. [Grub Street LA]

Disco Volante Launches Dinner, Little Bird Now Serves Food, and More