New in Town April 2020


In January, in the slender space adjacent to the Fairfax pub Village Sake, executive chef Scott Whitman opened Sake Bin, a weekend sake bar with its own menu of sakana, or food to accompany drinks. With a four-person bar and two small tables, it’s a destination for beer, wine and shochu cocktails and specials like tamari-cured salmon roe or clam and kimchi hot pot.

Huntington Hotel’s Big 4 Restaurant on San Francisco’s Nob Hill recently launched a new menu. Dig into nicely priced bites of sesame and honey-citrus glazed wings, oysters with mignonette or short rib sliders with horseradish aioli from 3 to 5 p.m.

After recently moving its headquarters from Novato to Larkspur’s Marin Country Mart, The Republic of Tea launched a series of new products. Instagram friendly Blue Butterfly Pea Flower (it turns a remarkable shade of violet) is part of the Beautifying Botanicals line. And SuperDigest teas are boosted with one billion CFUs of probiotics per serving.

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Larkspur’s Farm House Local owner-chef David Monson recently acquired Jason’s in Greenbrae. The lobster dinner program on Mondays is no more, but a fried chicken special has taken its place. Farm House Local’s famous Chinese chicken salad and salmon niçoise have migrated here, and new private dining menus and cocktail menus are in the works.

A French patisserie, Viennoiserie and salon de thé all in one, Maison Danel in Polk Gulch is the latest from David and Danel de Betelu. Enjoy the European tea salon, or dive in on a classic nicoise salad. Maison


Bazaar Lamp

Morocco comes to Marin at The Bazaar in Corte Madera’s Town Center. Handmade, one-of-a-kind Moroccan merchandise is hand selected by owner Karima Gironce, who brought her eye for home accents when she transitioned her home from Marrakech to Mill Valley.

After years near Corte Madera’s Village Shopping Center, San Rafael Home Consignment moved to the Wishbone, the industrial nook where 580 and 101 intersect, with the same menu of furniture, art, jewelry and more.


The brand known for its laid-back SoCal aesthetic, Jenni Kayne, just opened its seventh store at Marin Country Mart. Recently, Jenni Kayne has expanded to include collections for men, children and pets, all of which will be available at the new store.

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Christina MuellerChristina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract PublishingSunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon SocietyPEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.