SUPERCHEF CHARLES PHAN “doesn’t have to go far to raid his restaurant pantry for ingredients,” The New York Times reports, since the family lives in an apartment above his Out the Door restaurant on Bush Street.
Fillmore’s newest fashion boutique, Rag & Bone, is now open on the key corner of Fillmore and California, formerly the home of Royal Ground Coffee. . . . The Kooples is open for business after a total remodel of the space formerly occupied by Clary Sage at 2241 Fillmore, next door to the Clay Theater. . . . Also now open is newcomer Jarbo in the space at 2408 Fillmore that was formerly home to Erica Tanov. . . . And coming up: Rebecca Minkoff is opening at 2124 Fillmore, formerly home of the Pure Beauty store.
THE NEW YOSHI’S
Say goodbye to the distinctive Yoshi’s marquee that has become familiar in the jazz district. By the end of October the club and restaurant will be reborn with a new name, a new menu and a new concept. The new owners have until the end of October to unveil their vision, with Yoshi’s living on across the bay in its other home at Jack London Square in Oakland.
HOTEL TOMO SOLD
— BOP CITY AVAILABLE
Hotel Tomo in Japantown has been taken over by the Kimpton group, joining the nearby Hotel Kabuki under new ownership. . . . And a “for rent” sign has gone up at 1712 Fillmore on one of the neighborhood’s most legendary buildings, formerly home of Marcus Books and Bop City.
NEW NIGHTCLUB OPEN
IN THE JAZZ DISTRICT
A showy new nightclub featuring DJs, dancing and bottle service is now open at 1538 Fillmore, the former home of Rasellas jazz club. Origin Boutique Nightclub, owned by the founders of the Grand Nightclub south of Market, is offering weekend previews on Friday and Saturday nights from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
SMALL ON SPACE,
BIG ON STYLE
Don’t expect to stop by Velvety Nails & Beauty Spa for a quick fix. Lu Lu, the owner of the neighborhood’s newest spa at 2183 Sutter Street — which offers manicures, pedicures, hair removal and eyelash treatments — believes that quality cannot be hurried.
In addition to a menu of nail and eye treatments, Velvety offers sugaring — a method of hair removal that’s touted as more natural than waxing, and available in only a handful of salons around the city.
Additional specialized treatments Velvety offers include eyelash perms for those who want their eyelashes to appear more pronounced, plus eyelash extensions to augment short or skimpy lashes. Tinting is also offered to make brows and lashes more prominent.
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