Grand Opening SF Kebab (formerly Hayes & Kebab)



Get ready for a party as UC San Francisco welcomes its newest restaurant to Mission Bay!

Where: SF Kebab, Mission Hall, First Floor Cafe Space

When: Tuesday, June 27 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Music provided by: SF Conservatory of Music

It isn’t every day that a new restaurant opens at Mission Bay. So Retail Services and Arts & Events partnered to usher in our newest restaurant, SF Kebab, with a celebration that includes a ceremonial ribbon cutting with Associate Vice Chancellor Clare Shinnerl and restaurant owners Bawer and Elke Tekin. A trio from the SF Conservatory of Music will provide entertainment, which is part of the “Love Your Vendor” concert series. Select items from the restaurant’s Mediterranean menu will be available to sample (while supplies last).

Yummy for your tummy, Mediterranean style

SF Kebab specializes in authentic Mediterranean cuisine such as gyros, wraps, kebabs, hummus, tabbouleh and couscous. Marketing Manager Elke Tekin said they are excited to become part of the UCSF community.

“We specialize in local, sustainable, healthy food which fits with the university’s philosophy. It is a beautiful match for both of us.”

The restaurant offers a variety of fast, casual, Mediterranean foods all of which are made fresh, in-house, and never frozen. SF Kebab also features homemade bread and gyro made with a special recipe. Spices and dried products are sourced from the Middle East to assure the authenticity of the flavors.

Unique interior design invites you to sit back and relax

With an interior designed by Tecta Associates, a well-known San Francisco-based architectural firm, everything within SF Kebab underscores comfort: from the wooden tables in the restaurant handcrafted from 100-year old reclaimed wood from the ceiling in the first Safeway, to the Moroccan pendants and banquette seating. It’s just as welcoming an atmosphere whether you’re dining solo or with a gang of your UCSF besties.

SF Kebab Staff can’t wait to meet you

Many of the same staff that worked at Hayes & Kebab in Hayes Valley are back with will the Tekins at SF Kebab. The restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. In the near future, breakfast and catering will be added. Menu items will include country-style breakfasts and weekend brunch including freshly made pastries. SF Kebab also features a private dining room for small meetings and parties.

The Catamount opens Tuesday in Los Gatos

By  | | Bay Area News Group

Ray Tang, chef-owner of the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, will open a new restaurant, the Catamount, this April in Los Gatos.
(Photo courtesy of Presidio Social Club)

For Ray Tang, chef-owner of the Presidio Social Club, it’s an opportunity to expand his brand and catch some rays outside of San Francisco’s fog belt.

For South Bay residents, it’s the eagerly awaited next chapter for the historic 1923 building that housed California Cafe for 31 years and for decades before that, the town’s University Avenue Elementary School.

“It” is The Catamount, which opens Tuesday, May 9, in Los Gatos after a stunning transformation. You might call the look “plantation chic,” with lots of shutters, live palm trees, rattan, brass, raised ceilings — and light. Even the pastry and plating crews have outdoor views now from the kitchen, Tang says.

The heavy architectural lifting was handled by Tecta Associates. Here and there, Tang added a historic touch (old Los Gatos High School yearbooks in the room called The Library, for example) or a something entirely unexpected (a “fine-dining ping-pong table … on the dare of a friend” in another dining room).

The Catamount’s redesign is “plantation chic,” with rooms designed for dining, socializing, groups. In the background is the library, with vintage Los Gatos High School yearbooks on the shelves. (Photo courtesy of The Catamount)

While the Presidio Social Club’s menu highlights “throwback comfort” food, Tang says the availability of great produce in Los Gatos will allow for more seasonality, more of a focus on “modern comfort” food.

Chef Tylor Urias, who recently helped relaunch the British Bankers Club in Menlo Park, has worked with Tang on an opening menu that features seasonal appetizers (fresh daily crudo, grilled octopus); pastas (bucatini with braised duck leg); entrees (slow-roasted pork belly, whole petrale sole with ginger and fennel gremolata); and, coming soon, Catamount roasts, including veal chops and heritage pork.

Rene Cruz, the executive pastry chef at Presidio Social Club, will oversee desserts here too. Look for a mix of classic (chocolate gateau), nostalgic (upside-down cake) and whimsical (soft-serve Madagascar vanilla with fun toppings).

In the in-house La Rinconada Bar, signature cocktails from bar manager Jason Seele (Jack Rose Libation House) include the Bored of Education (another play on the building’s original role) with Tito’s vodka, cantaloupe, lemongrass, basil, citrus and pink peppercorn, and the Cheshire Cat, a nod to Los Gatos, with Plymouth gin, Dolin Blanc vermouth and expressed lemon oil.

Maureen Donegan manages the wine program, a mix of global and Santa Cruz Mountains varietals.

For now, The Catamount is open for dinner daily starting at 5:30 p.m. Lunch, brunch and “social hour” service will be added soon. Details: 50 University Ave., Los Gatos; 408-442-5533; reservations at