Hello, Assemble: Say farewell to Richmond's BoilerHouse. The gastropub will serve its last meal -- lunch -- on Friday, then reopen in mid-January as Assemble, a nod to the Craneway Pavilion's past as a Ford assembly plant as well as to the act of coming together, says co-general manager Richard Mazzera. The Chez Panisse alum and co-founder of Berkeley's Cesar will run the new restaurant with his wife, former Corso GM Terumi Shibata.
"It's going to be New American cuisine with all kinds of regional classics, from New Orleans to cioppino, Hog Island oysters and Dungeness crab. The crab boat can pull up next to the building. Oh my god, I was looking for a place with a view in the East Bay and look what I got -- I have a gigantic toy," Mazzera says.
The venue's spectacular bay views are a major draw, of course, but the indoor spaces also are getting a do-over, with new tables and chairs, and a warmer edge to the industrial chic look. Mazzera also hopes to plant "a victory garden reflecting back to the history of the place," and it will function as an Edible Schoolyard Project for Richmond schools.
Gianni comes home: There's no such thing as too much Italian, especially when it involves Gianni Bartoletti, the former owner of Incontro. Yep, the rumors are all true. Bartoletti (and many of his former staffers) opened the new Gianni's Italian Bistro in downtown San Ramon this week. And if the address -- 2065 San Ramon Valley Blvd. -- sounds familiar, it should. That was Incontro's original location, before it moved to Danville. Bartoletti is back, with a menu of seasonal regional Italian dishes -- and yes, the gnocchi is back, too. Yum. Gianni's will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Details: 925-820-6969, www.giannissanramon.com.
A Napa Pear: Alamo-Danville restaurant king Rodney Worth is expanding into Wine Country, with a Southern riff on the Pear concept. Worth's five bistros and cafes include the Little Pear, the Prickly Pear Cantina and the Peasant and the Pear in Danville, as well as Ferrari's Cucina Italiana in Blackhawk and the Peasant's Courtyard in Alamo -- or, as we affectionately call them, Italian Pear and Pear's Courtyard.
Worth's new Napa venture, The Pear -- A Southern Bistro opens Tuesday at 720 Main St., the space previously occupied by Tyler Florence's Rotisserie and Wine on the riverfront. The menu includes gumbo, chicken and waffles and other soulful fare. Grab a peek at Facebook.com/thepearnapa.
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