California-Palestinian Mezze Brunch Lands at This Splashy New Berkeley Place

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  • Palestinian-American chef Mona Leena will debut her very first cafe Lulu, serving self-described “Palestinian-impressed, California cuisine,” on Tuesday, August 17, as to start with described by the SF Chronicle. Positioned at 1019 Camelia Avenue in Berkeley’s Gilman District, the restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch, which includes a menu of sweet and savory pastries and Leena’s well-liked mana’eesh, which lovers might know from her pop-up the Mana’eesh Lady. Lunch objects will variety from tabbouleh ceviche created with shrimp and white fish to a sumac rooster flatbread though weekends will provide mezze-design brunches comprised of an array of spreads, dips, and other shareable things. Lulu will be open up Tuesday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Friday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. [SF Chronicle]
  • The chief of La Cocina — San Francisco’s influential non-earnings food items company incubator — will action down at the conclusion of the yr. La Cocina Executive Director Caleb Zigas, who has been with the group for 16 many years, announced plans for his departure in an open letter Wednesday. “La Cocina existed prior to me, and as I think about my transition out of this firm at the end of this 12 months, I know with assurance that it will in the same way prosper devoid of me in this article,” Zigas writes in aspect. The information coincides with the launch of a search for his substitution. Look at the listing on the Koya Companions web site.
  • Joyful information for those people who could even now be mourning the decline of the historic Cliff Property restaurant: KQED reviews that some memorabilia saved by way of the endeavours of a neighborhood group this spring will be on screen to the public at the Cliff Residence soon. People tuned in could remember a team of “community historians, gallerists, and art conservators” lifted dollars to acquire some 60 items of Cliff Home ephemera at auction in March. Now they convey to KQED they’ve secured a permit to open a museum to show the goods — everything from Sutro Baths bathing fits to a carved picket grizzly bear — in the former Cliff Household reward store area from about September by means of April 2022. [KQED]
  • Tablehopper brings word of a new bar now open up in West Portal. Called the Sherwood, the dim and moody consuming institution requires in excess of the former Portal Tavern house with a crystal chandelier, “custom walnut cabinetry,” and “built-in leather booth seating.” [Tablehopper]
  • Souvla’s spit-roasted meat sandwiches and salads have taken to the skies many thanks to a partnership with Delta Airways. Starting up this month, passengers on cross-country flights from San Francisco Global Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston Logan Intercontinental Airport may perhaps be ready to decide for goods such as a Souvla breakfast pita, baked feta pasta, or meatballs with egg-lemon sauce.
  • Impossible Burger’s meat-free of charge pork sausage is coming shortly to Sprouts and Safeway suppliers in the Bay Place, per the SF Chronicle. Starting up in mid-August you make see two flavors of the company’s floor breakfast sausage on shelves with merchandise to be available at other stores like Walmart arrive October. [SF Chronicle]