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Saison Opens; Masa's to Close; Healthy SF Surcharge Scandal

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Saison's new dining room. [Photo: Molly DeCoudreaux]

SOMA—After closing down its original Folsom Street location in November, Saison has returned with a beautifully renovated new space at 3rd and Townsend. At $248 for a 18-20 course tasting menu, it's now the most expensive ticket in town. We spoke to chef Joshua Skenes about his plans for the menu, and a full photo gallery displays the dramatic new look.

CHINATOWNMasa's, the legendary fine-dining spot that's been around for 30 years and launched the careers of Richard Reddington, Julian Serrano, and Ron Siegel, announced that it will close on February 16. Its hotel owners plan to renovate it into a more casual concept.

SAN FRANCISCOThe kerfuffle over restaurateurs accused of stealing Healthy SF surcharge money has rocked the city, and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano and Rob Black, the president of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, have shared some harsh words.

SAN FRANCISCO—With the Niners fighting for the crown this weekend, have you figured out your Super Bowl party strategy? We've got a list of the best places to pick up tasty takeout for the big game (some even deliver!), and a few local sommeliers shared their recommendations for what to drink.

THE MISSIONWe've got the initial menu for Charles Chocolates' new location at 18th and Florida; they're expecting to open by Valentine's Day.

BERKELEYThe Rare Barrel, a new brewery and tasting room, will produce exclusively sour beers, many of them barrel-aged. It's the brainchild of an alum of Orange County's acclaimed The Bruery, as well as his father and his homebrewer best friend.

THE MISSION—Pop-up milk tea enthusiasts the Boba Guys are going to make a go of it with their own shop in the former Chamalyn space in the Mission, featuring artisanal boba tea and Hong Kong-inspired snacks.