Mourad Lahlou to Open New Moroccan Street Food Restaurant at Napa’s Oxbow Public Market

Mourad Lahlou, the San Francisco chef behind Michelin-starred Moroccan restaurant Mourad and more casual neighborhood restaurant Aziza, will open a new restaurant in wine country, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Called Moro Napa, the new restaurant focuses on street food and will slip into the former C Casa space inside Napa’s food hall, Oxbow’s public market. Lahlou tells the Chronicle that he is still working on the menu, but is inspired by a popular night market he frequented in Marrakech; expect grilled meats, flatbreads, salads, wraps and spreads.

Chef Jorge Velazquez, who was previously butcher at Chef Christopher Kostow’s Charter Oak, will run the kitchen with Lahlou – and Kostow will soon have its own presence in the market. In August 2021, the chef, accused of fostering a toxic workplace at his three-Michelin-starred restaurant (before it burned down in a 2020 wildfire), announced plans to open a Jewish fast food deli and laid back called Loveski, also at Oxbow. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Marlowe will finally reopen on February 3

Remember July 2021, when Big Night Restaurant Group’s Anna Weinberg was grappling with the cancellation of millions of dollars in grants? At the time, she speculated that her SoMa bistro, Marlowe, would be the first of her restaurants to reopen – well, six months later, it’s finally happening. By a post on instagramreservations are open now tack for dinner from Wednesday to Thursday.

alaMar Kitchen & Bar is also bringing dining indoors

Excellent chef Nelson German star’s AlaMar Kitchen & Bar in Oakland is also bringing indoor dining starting Friday, January 28. That once again means falling for the restaurant’s popular Asian-Cajun seafood, either in the dining room or on the outdoor terrace.

Oakland Chinatown businesses go to credit due to crime

ABC7 reports that some businesses in Oakland’s Chinatown have been pressured to start accepting credit and debit cards due to “increased attacks on Asian Americans in recent years.” The idea is that carrying less cash will make customers feel more comfortable venturing around the neighborhood. The owner of the Big Dish restaurant told the news station that he has seen his sales increase since he abandoned the cash-only policy. [ABC7]

Japanese curry chain Champion’s Curry is coming to Berkeley

Northern California gets its first location of Curry of champions, a Japanese curry chain with locations in Little Tokyo, Irvine and Long Beach in Los Angeles (reopening soon). The restaurant specializes in “Kanazawa curry”, an extra rich version of the dish created by chef Yoshikazu Tanaka. It will debut at 2506 Channing Way in Berkeley.

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