Two New Bay Area Restaurants Coming In August

Long-time San Franciscans might remember the popular Miss Pearl’s Jam House that was in the Phoenix Hotel back in 1989. Now, it’s being resurrected across the Bay in the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square.

The restaurant, expected to open in mid-August, will serve up New World Island cuisine such as crispy catfish fingers, black-eye pea fritters, gazpacho, and selections from a raw bar. There also will be killer cocktails, as well as the infamous Jell-O shots.

Joey Altman, the star of KRON’s “Bay Cafe,” was the chef who launched the original Miss Pearl’s Jam House. He’s back as a consultant on this new project. The executive chef will be Robert Barker, who was executive sous chef at Emeril’s  in New Orleans, and was a chef at three Wolfgang Puck restaurants.

Also expected to open in August in downtown San Francisco is Urban Tavern, a new restaurant owned by restaurateur Chris Condy and Aqua‘s celebrated chef Laurent Manriqe. Also working on the project is Dona Scala, owner of the ever-popular Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa.

Billed as a stylish “gastropub,” Urban Tavern will have a modern, artsy feel with a full-size horse sculpture fashioned out of tractor, motorcycle and car parts. The food will be Mediterranean-inspired. 

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