Family affair: For years, Steve and Lori Driggs of Campbell longed to fulfill Steve's dream of returning to the restaurant business. They've finally made it happen, taking over the old Carlos Goldstein's location in North San Jose near the main post office. With Driggsy's Seafood, Sports Bar & Grill, they aim to provide a family-friendly sports restaurant (eight big screens) with a menu that goes beyond wings and burgers. To that end, they hired California Culinary Academy grad Brian Munn away from Double Barrel wine bar in Livermore. The menu he and the Driggs family created includes fresh seafood linguine, steamed mussels with fennel, Cajun-marinated shrimp kebabs and a pork tinga quesadilla, plus salads, chowder, calamari and the obligatory burgers and wings. All sauces, dressings and salsas are made in-house, and the juices are squeezed fresh for the bar's menu of specialty margaritas, mojitos and other cocktails. Look for the expansive patio to reopen when the warm evenings return. Details: Open daily from 11 a.m. at 1150 Murphy Ave., San Jose. The bar is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. 408-437-1986, www.driggsys.com.
On the Peninsula: The burger that took Los Angeles by storm, Umami, will open a Palo Alto branch sometime in the middle of this year, as well as one in Oakland. Until the University Avenue location opens, local Umami fans
In other meaty news, the Cheese Steak Shop -- which for years had blanketed the East Bay with cheese-oozing Philly sandwiches -- has opened its first upper Peninsula eatery. The new location is in San Mateo at 206 South B St. 650-458-8088.
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