[UPDATE: So I've been looking for any kind of support for The San Francisco Chronicle's objections to Sodexo, but I'm not finding much. Throw in this rewrite from well-trafficked EaterSF of the Chronicle bit linked below and see that the obviously-well-trafficked Chron got a total of four comments on the matter.
And, oh look, The Terrace is now officially approved by District One Supervisor Eric Mar and District Four Supervisor Katy Tang.
And here's what the place looks like on a foggier day.
And now we've also got these posts:
New academy restaurant maintains Bay Area culinary trend by David Boitano, Steinhart Aquarium[!] Examiner
And here’s the new menu of The Terrace
So that’s a wrap on the Academy’s new eatery.]
Or The Terrace, if you prefer, at our California Academy of Sciences
Believe it or not, this is a color photo:
Oh, this is better:
Comes now the San Francisco Chronicle’s Paolo Lucchesi to complain about the choice of vendor for this eatery (and BTW, it’s also the new vendor for Academy Cafe, about which more anon).
So I don’t know – basically what’s happening is we’re losing the subterranean fine dining Moss Room but gaining the more casual Terrace. I’ll tell you, I was invited to sample the food twice at the Moss Room, both for the first iteration a while back and then for one of the more recent efforts, and I declined because I’m not really competent to judge food, frankly. (But at the time I wondered how the place would do considering its location, which aint good for several reasons…)
Anyway, I don’t get the beef over the new vendor. I assume that everything will work out fine.
Speaking of which, here’s the new menu from the Academy Cafe, which just started up October 1st or so:
Now back to the Terrace – here you go, some bites with goat cheese. It was yummy:
And here’s a salad:
And here’s what’s in the salad:
And here’s the pizetta:
And so on…
Do you see what I mean here? The Terrace isn’t a replacement for the Moss Room – it’s just what came next after the Moss Room didn’t work out. And the basement location of the Moss Room would appear to make a great semi-hidden event space…
(I can recall how upset some people were about getting a new vendor at the nearby Stow Lake Boathouse a few years back. The “local” vendor basically responded to the RPD beauty contest with a real half-assed attitude – he thought he deserved the contract no matter what. I didn’t agree with that either.)
Anyway, if the food writers of the Chronicle want to head out to the Park to see the set-up, I’m sure they’d be welcome to do so…
All the deets: