12 highly anticipated new Bay Area restaurants for summer 2024 and beyond

An architectural rendering of the Eos & Nyx restaurant coming to downtown San Jose this summer. This view depicts the main bar. (Photo courtesy of Eos & Nyx)

The resilient Bay Area restaurant industry is gearing up for more exciting eatery openings in the coming months. Among them, a new rooftop bar in Walnut Creek. More high concept options for downtown San Jose. An eclectic restaurant and bar in Livermore. The flavors of Portugal in Gilroy.  And a renovation of a Mexican restaurant that’s been serving in Los Gatos for half a century

Here are a dozen of the most eagerly anticipated restaurants expected to make their debut in the last half of the year, with a few inching even closer to opening day.

Eos & Nyx, San Jose
An architectural rendering of the Eos & Nyx restaurant coming to downtown San Jose this summer. This view depicts the main bar. (Photo courtesy of Eos & Nyx) 

The entrepreneurs behind an impressive restaurant venture named after the Greek goddesses of dawn and night — Eos & Nyx —  are hoping to energize a key downtown San Jose block with their modern Mediterranean concept.

Hospitality industry veterans Dan Phan, Johnny Wang and George Lahlouh, who co-own the spirit-centric MiniBoss, Paper Plane and Still OG, all downtown, are bullish on Urban Catalyst’s plans for Paseo, on the site of the old Century 12 movie complex.

They’ve leased nearly 4,000 square feet for their Eos & Nyx restaurant, and construction is well under way. Schematic designs show an angular and dramatic space with 20-foot-high ceilings, live trees and wood design elements.

General manager Ronald Bonafacio and executive chef Nicko Moulinos promise an innovative menu that features the influences of France, Spain, Italy, Greece and North Africa. Dinner, lunch, brunch and craft cocktails will be served both inside and alfresco.

Details: Planning a summer opening at 201 S. Second St., San Jose.

The Monk’s Kettle, Oakland
Popular tavern The Monk’s Kettle is planning to move from its longtime San Francisco location to Oakland in the late summer of 2024, bringing with it a bevy of local beers and upscale farm-to-table dishes. (The Monk’s Kettle) 

For nearly 17 years, The Monk’s Kettle served as a sort of church for beer lovers in San Francisco’s Mission District, pouring revered tipples like St. Bernardus Belgian Tripel and smoked Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock (gesundheit!).

But this spring, owners Christian Albertson and Nat Cutler posted a heartfelt Dear John letter announcing their intent to move out of the city, bemoaning the “crazy delivery fee numbers” and “drastically changed customer behavior” that’s damaged the pub environment. “I would say in a nutshell, the city just hasn’t recovered,” says Albertson. “And it’s not just from the pandemic, it’s really been in the works for the last decade where the economics of the city have really made people move out. In a way, we’re really chasing the clientele.”

Well, the Mission’s loss is Oakland’s gain – Rockridge’s, to be specific, that tony neighborhood of boutique shops and buzzy restaurants. The new Monk’s will feature a more spread-out space with perhaps 80 seats and plenty of standing room, plus parklets out front and a back deck with a roof trellis to protect …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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