On Facebook this weekend, Bernal neighbors Erin and Tim Archuleta, the celebrity duo behind Ichi Sushi, announced plans to close Ichi Kakiya, the Japanese-style oyster bar that opened last spring. In the post, they hint that a new plan for the space is already afoot:
It is with excitement and possibility that Tim and I announce that we’re transitioning ICHI Kakiya into a new neighborhood concept in early 2016. We are planning our ultimate service for the little oyster bar next Saturday night, October 31, 2015. We want to close this chapter doing what we do annually, dressing up in silly costumes; handing out candy to the neighborhood kids; and welcoming in friends and family before they head off to their parties.
We’ll then take ICHI Kakiya dark, but only temporarily! We get a few months to experiment with our best friends doing chef collaboration pop-up dinners. Many of the events we’ve done across the country have allowed us the opportunity to cook and produce meals in tandem with other chefs we admire. These dinners have allowed us to pause, reflect, and ground ourselves in our original intention as a restaurant family — We want to always create a little living room for you and your dearest. Whether that’s a sushi living room over at ICHI Sushi + NI Bar, or this next living room — that’s coincidentally pretty close to our own. We’ve lived in the neighborhood for a decade and we’re committed to our community.
Our team at ICHI Kakiya are folding into the crew over at ICHI Sushi + NI Bar, or else pursuing their own entrepreneurial dreams (we’re big supporters). We are grateful to our team who helped make ICHI Kakiya so special. We hope to see you before we dress up like cats and Dracula, but in case we miss you, come see us across the street at ICHI Sushi + NI Bar for sushi happy hour; a dinner with pals; your work holiday party; or even a Sunday Japanese Breakfast! It’s convening in your community and supporting your neighborhood gathering places that will keep our communities woven tightly with care, making them connected and vital.
Come give us a hug and slurp some oysters, we’ll tell you all about what’s in store,
Erin and Tim Archuleta
Owners and Partners
PHOTO: Erin and Tim Archuleta
Wow. Did you know that the fabulous President Barack Obama eats pizza from Bernal’s own PizzaHacker — just like us?!
It’s true. InsideScoop reports that POTUS enjoyed some of Jeff “PizzaHacker” Krupman’s sublime pizza goodness during his recent visit to San Francisco:
Remember when President Barack Obama was in San Francisco two weeks ago?
Well, it would appear that the leader of the free world ate very well.
[Below] is a photo from the private event during Obama’s first night in town (Friday, Oct. 2) — and it features quite the eclectic and talented mix of characters from the San Francisco food and drink world [including] Jeff Krupman a.k.a. the Pizzahacker (flannel shirt)
Photo or it didn’t happen? Well, here’s the proof!
Hat tip: Neighbor Robert
PHOTO: Group shot, Justin Buell via SFGate
Neigbor Rebecca is spreading the word about a benefit dinner she’s co-organizing on Saturday night to benefit international refugees:
My family is running a one-night pop-up restaurant in Bernal on Saturday, October 24 to support refugees with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee. We’re calling the restaurant “Squash,” and we’ll be at 903 Cortland with a five course menu of seasonal fare, from butternut squash jalapeño cream soup to chocolate cake with pumpkin spice ice cream.
Everything will be deliciously homemade and supporting a good cause: the International Rescue Committee’s support for refugees. All proceeds from the event will go to the IRC to benefit people escaping conflict and disaster. You can buy tickets for either the 5:30pm or 8pm seatings.
Our family loves to cook and Squash’s Executive Chef Bill Kee is excited to bring his fantastic home cooking skills to a restaurant setting, assisted by friends and family serving as sous chefs and staff. Come join us for good food for a good cause!
Corrected: Oopla. An earlier version of this post contained an incorrect date for the Little Bee festivities. The fun happens on Thursday, Oct. 15.
Here’s something sweet: Though it seems like just yesterday when Neighbor Stacie Pierce opened up the fabulous Little Bee Baking on Cortland, Bernalwood is reliably informed that the glamorous Little Bee grand opening actually happened two whole years ago. Also, because of that, we are reliably informed that festivities are in order.
Neighbor Stacie from Little Bee tells us:
It is with much joy and gratitude that I invite our friends and neighbors to celebrate Little Bee Baking’s turning 2! To say it’s hard to believe that two years has past already is an understatement, and I am truly humbled by all the support and love shown to us since we opened our doors.
I’m so happy to live and work in such an amazing community of people, and Little Bee looks forward to many more years on Cortland Avenue.
Stop by this Thursday 10/15 from 10am-6pm – mini cakes, brownies, tarts, ice cream cones and beverages will be just $2
Can’t wait to celebrate with you!
Stacie and the Little Bee family
Big Bernal congratulations and high-fives to Little Bee, and thanks for all the delicious.
IMAGE: Neighbor Stacie of Little Bee Baking
Heads up, bagel fiends: You’re gonna want to get up early on Sunday morning.
Shegetz Bagel is having a pop-up bagel bonanza at the PizzaHacker (3299 Mission @29th) starting at 10 am this Sunday, October 11. But if you want in on the bagel action, don’t linger over the crossword puzzle. Bernalwood is told:
On Sunday, October 11th, Shegetz Bagel will host their second pop-up at PizzaHacker featuring a limited run of 240 bagels. The guys behind Shegetz Bagel don’t believe that it takes a New York City zip code (or water supply) to make a great bagel, and they intend to prove it by boiling and baking up quality bagels right here on the West Coast.
Shegetz is a collaboration between two San Francisco natives, Oliver Steele and Ben Kaminsky, and their long-time friend Alex Rogers; all three well-known staples in the Bay Area food and coffee scene. Rogers developed the lauded bread recipe for Local’s Corner, and became well-versed in bagel-making, working with Michelle Polzine at 20th Century Cafe (though Shegetz will be more akin to the New York style). Steele, a member of the industry darling Pizzetta 211, is a practiced set of hands in the world of dough and pastry. Kaminsky is a three-time US Cup Tasters Champion. After a three year stint as the Director of Quality Control and Espresso at Ritual Coffee, he has become a sought-after international coffee consultant and most recently helped launch Saint Frank in Russian Hill.
The trio focus on the details and obsess over perfecting the rise, density, crust, and dough flavor. Of course, topping things off with a little whipped Humboldt Fog never hurts either.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Doors open at 10am on Sunday Oct. 11
- Bagels will not be toasted. Fresh bagels do not need to be toasted (because, you know, they were just in an oven)
- Our West-Coast style bagels use sourdough starter
- Bagels will cost $3–12 depending on toppings
- There will be coffee. There will be sparkling wine
- There will be a full staff to assure great service
- The bagels are likely to go fast
PHOTO: Shegetz Bagel
There’s a crowdfunding campaign underway to open a terrific new restaurant on Mission Street at Kingston in Bernal Heights, and it’s hard not to love.
El Buen Comer is the pride and joy of Isabel Pazos, a budding chef from Mexico who has been honing her craft at local farmer’s markets at at La Cocina, the local incubator for food entrepreneurs. She hopes to raise another $21,000 in the next two weeks, and here’s the story:
Hi, my name is Isabel Pazos. I am the owner of El Buen Comer, a soon-to-be restaurant in Bernal Heights San Francisco. Seven years ago I decided to follow my passion for cooking and turn it into my career as a way to help support my family. I began selling food out of the kitchen in my apartment. Before I knew it the people of my community became my biggest supporters, lining up outside of my apartment door waiting for the day’s offering, and I outgrew my little home kitchen. In a stroke of luck one night while watching television with my family, an old friend of mine from Mexico City appeared on-screen. She was talking about La Cocina and how they were able to guide her with the process of formalizing her food business. After that night, with a little push from my family, I decided to reach out to La Cocina. Fast forward seven years and something I didn’t think I could dream is now a reality.
I am opening my very own restaurant! Sometimes I can’t believe it… Nothing brings me more joy than cooking for people and very soon I will be able to start doing just that. With your contributions to this campaign I will be able to purchase the last key pieces of equipment that I need in order to start feeding my customers. In supporting El Buen Comer you will also be supporting the community around us. When designing our restaurant the most important aspect for us was creating an extension of our family’s dinner table. Our hope is that at El Buen Comer our neighbors will find a vibrant, comfortable and must importantly delicious space that they can visit often.
You can contribute to the campaign here. Still want to learn more? CAUTION: This video will melt your corazón:
PHOTO: Top, Isabel Pazos, founder of El Buen Comer, doing what she loves. Courtesy of La Cocina
It’s been a few months since Sandbox Bakery was sold to Pinkie’s Bakery, so by now we trust you’ve had enough time to reach the later stages of your own Kübler-Ross cycle. Take a moment to let the Acceptance flow through your neurons.
Now, doesn’t that feel better?
While we’ve been working on that, owner Cheryl Burr of Pinkie’s has been working hard to make the place her own, and that process is complete too. Now Pinkie’s Bakery is ready for an official grand opening at 833 Cortland, and you’re on the guest list:
I’d like to invite the Bernal Heights community to Pinkie’s grand opening party this Saturday, from 1-3 p.m. We’ll be serving sweets, savories, and bubbly!
The transition is nearly complete, and Pinkie’s signage goes up on Friday afternoon. We also commissioned a new interior mural (thanks, New Bohemia!).
We’ve been gradually adding items from Pinkie’s (donuts, cake, bacon brioche, eggy challah, etc.), and we’ll launch a new menu of sandwiches next week.
Hope to see you on Saturday!
PHOTO: Maria del Rio for Pinkie’s Bakery