If their Kickstarter campaign is successful, our Grand Lake neighborhood will be getting not one — but two Top Chef Alumni: Jennifer Biesty (Season 4) and Tim Nugent (Desserts – Season 1). For five years, they worked together respectively as executive chef and executive pastry chef at Scala’s Bistro in San Francisco.
Their proposed restaurant (in a not yet publicly announced location) will be called Shakewell Bar and Kitchen. Jennifer and Tim are looking to raise a minimum of $100,000 for major improvements. Here’s the Kickstarter link which also includes a video. One week into the campaign, over 25% of their goal has already been pledged. Knowing that (combined with Jennifer’s 1985 Facebook friends), I’d say that this is pretty much a done deal.
Earlier this month, I took this photo of a huge crane parked at the corner of Lakeshore and Mandana. Steve Banker (who owns the Preservation Award-winning, brick building that houses Gymboree, Lin Jia and the soon-to-open, Scarecrow Popcorn) must have checked the historical records and realized that we are overdue for a big quake on the San Andreas fault. The installation of massive steel beams required digging up the concrete floor in Gymboree and slicing open the ceilings in all three storefronts.
According to the sign in the window, Gymboree should be re-opening August 4. A second contractor who is doing the interior work for Scarecrow Popcorn told me they should be open in about two weeks. This is the same contractor that worked at Monkey Forest Road — so you know the workmanship at Scarecrow is going to be top-notch.
Wingstop has quietly re-opened a few weeks after 22-year-old Kenneth Bradley and 26-year-old Jose Santa Maria were tragically murdered on the evening of July 8th. On the 15th, Lakeshore Baptist Church hosted a memorial service for their families and members of the community officiated by Rev. Jim Hopkins.