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Grand Opening Alert: These Restaurants Are Coming Soon

Three much-anticipated openings.

Peter and Melissa Swanson from Benchmark Oakland.


Benchmark Oakland
ETA: July 2018
Run by husband-and-wife tandem Peter and Melissa Swanson, the original Benchmark Pizzeria, in sleepy Kensington, is one of the East Bay’s hidden gems, with its crowd-pleasing menu of Cal-Italian pizzas and pastas. The Oakland edition, located in the former Desco location, will feature a full bar and a more prominent platform. 499 9th St. (Near Washington St.)

Menlo Park
ETA: July 2018
With big names like Greg Kuzia-Carmel (Quince, Per Se) and Roland Passot (La Folie) attached to the project, Camper will aim to be relatively down-to-earth despite its fine-dining pedigree. Family-friendly dishes will include roast chicken and handmade pasta. 898 Santa Cruz Ave. (Near University Dr.)

Mendocino Farms
Financial district
ETA: August 2018
The first San Francisco outpost of this SoCal-based fast-casual sandwich-and-salad spot will open in the Merchants Exchange Building. Of particular note: This will be the first Mendocino Farms location to offer breakfast. 465 California St. (Near Montgomery St.)


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco 

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