Even bigger news than Ron Siegel coming back on the scene, Marcia Gagliardi/Tablehopper scoops that Mourad Lahlou will open Moorish-Mexican Amara in the former Aziza/SF.
Am I fascinated by the Moorish/Mexican theme? Nope. Will we go? You betcha – Lahlou has convinced Louis Maldonado to come back into the kitchen! Hopefully Maldonado will be actually doing some cooking, not just the consulting he semi-retired into after leaving Spoonbar/Healdsburg (where he landed after first leaving Aziza).
He’s one of the best chefs in the Bay Area, right up there with Perry Hoffman, Joseph Humphrey, and Banks White in our eyes. Opening date aims for early 2018, which means it will be lucky to open by the end of summer 2018 (sigh).
5800 Geary Blvd. at 22nd Ave., SF (and yes, parking sucks out there, big-time. Uber/Lyft is the way to go)