Fairfax, a town better known for mountain biking and brews than martinis and Manhattans, has landed a new speakeasy-style cocktail lounge. Mac’s at 19 Broadway opened in July in a deeply rooted live music venue that went by that address and gathered audiences from the local area and beyond for decades.
Locally familiar Fairfax bartender and previous co-owner Chris McCarthy owns the roaring ’20s-inspired bar with local restauranteur Mike Ghiringhelli and his son, Mike Ghiringhelli Jr.
A humble watering hole no more, the contemporary lounge and outdoor deck has a Prohibition-centered cocktail menu of 1930s classics with some twists such as the New Orleans Sazerac and G & T elevated with juniper, grapefruit, cardamom and rosemary.
It also features fresh updates starring a broad selection of booze complimented by house-made bitters and shrubs. The Solar Flare is a blend of reposado tequila, blood orange, dry Curacao, hellfire tincture and passion fruit foam; the Sleeping Lady with gin, maraschino, strawberry, lemon and tonic is in reverence to the neighboring restaurant long before Stillwater; and Planet of the Apes has Navy-strength rum, banana-infused cognac, creme de banana, tropical juices and falernum. A selection of craft beer and wine rounds out the drink menu.
The storied stage has been upgraded with a stately Steinway piano and vibrant red velvet backdrop to showcase live acoustic performances Thursdays through Sundays, occasional comedy nights, and opportunities to jump on the open mic on Mondays twice a month and for weekly karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays.
The curtained-off VIP Bootleggers Lounge is ready for birthday, wedding, holiday and other private bookings.
Happy hours are every day, and complimentary snacks such as chips and salsa, and cheese and charcuterie boards are offered on Fridays. Otherwise, hungry patrons can bring in everything from burgers and barbecue to Japanese, Mexican, Thai and Italian from nearby local eateries.
Mac’s is at 19 Broadway in Fairfax. Find details, booking information and the full drink menu at macsat19broadway.com.
Foot traffic will return soon to the charming brick walkway in Mill Valley linking Sunnyside and Throckmorton avenues and threading through the tucked-away drinking and dining spaces of the erstwhile El Paseo restaurant.
Next month, the downtown fixture since 1947 revives along with a name adjustment, Paseo: A California Bistro, thanks to the determined grit of its owner, who waited out universal pandemic delays on a quest to reimagine the restaurant purchased from rock-‘n’-roll legend and Marin resident Sammy Hagar more than two years ago. Hagar had teamed with chef and fellow Marin resident Tyler Florence, who later went on to several other projects, including a new San Francisco restaurant.
Executive chef Brandon Breazeale (Bodega Bay Lodge in Sonoma County, 31st Union in San Mateo) will reveal a new American dinner menu highlighting Bay Area ingredients and emphasizing ecological responsibility. Lunch and brunch service will follow.
Paseo is filling part- and full-time hourly positions, from craft mixologists and line cooks, to hosts, servers and runners. To view opportunities and apply, go to paseobistro.com/employment-opportunities.
Stay tuned for more about the restaurant’s October opening at 17 Throckmorton Ave. and subscribe for updates at paseobistro.com.
The revival of El Paseo brings back a restaurant meal that remains etched in memory. It was relished with some regularity at a stool inside the moody, candlelit bar. Invariably, conversation with my equally obsessed bar mate stalled when the bacon-wrapped dates arrived, nestled atop a pool of syrupy balsamic. A sizzling cast iron skillet holding warm Parker House rolls and absorbing melting pesto butter followed, and then an oozing cheeseburger with a side of crisp steakhouse fries.
It’s with these savory thoughts in mind that a sense of anticipation stirs as Corte Madera resident Tyler Florence, celebrity chef, Food Network host, Wolf It Down culinary hub founder and owner of San Francisco’s 11-year-old Wayfare Tavern, sets the date for his next venture.
Upscale American steakhouse Miller & Lux opens Sept. 28 at 700 Terry A Francois Blvd. near Chase Center arena in Mission Bay. Follow along on Instagram @millerandlux and prepare to be enticed by Florence’s fresh creative takes on lobster thermidor, Caesar salad prepared tableside, and the M & L burger with green peppercorn bordelaise and truffle fries.
Keep an eye out for details, including the kickoff date for making reservations, at millerandluxrestaurant.com.
No comment from corporate on whether former Nicasio resident, award-winning chef and global restauranteur Michael Mina is following through on pre-pandemic plans to open an expansive food hall in the same 11-acre Thrive City complex that will house Miller & Lux. But there’s plenty to focus on in the meantime, including his debut of the Bungalow Kitchen by Michael Mina in the former Guaymas space at 5 Main St. on the downtown waterfront in Tiburon. Doors are set to open on his partnership with hospitality veteran Brent Bolthouse this fall.
The restaurant is holding a by-appointment hiring event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21, 22, 28 and 29 at the Lodge at 1651 Tiburon Blvd. To sign up, go to calendly.com/kburkholder/bungalow-kitchen-hiring-event.
More to come when the restaurant opens, and more information can be found at bungalowkitchen.com.
Leanne Battelle is a freelance food writer and restaurant columnist. Please email her at [email protected] with news and recommendations and follow on Instagram @therealdealmarin for updates on the Real Deal Marin restaurant guide.
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