Flour+Water chef-owner welcomes guests back to Central Kitchen after brief closure

After months of temporary closure, Thomas McNaughton, executive chef-owner of Flour+Water, has reopened his casual dining restaurant Central Kitchen in the Mission District.

The restaurant reopens Friday as Central Kitchen Wine Bar and will serve guests in a heated courtyard attached to Flour+Water Pasta Shop at 3000 20th St. Guests will enjoy pasta prepared inside the shop in addition to other Italian plates.

“Being a casual restaurant and wine bar with epic outdoor seating in San Francisco excites us,” McNaughton said in a statement. “We want guests and friends to enjoy simple food, thoughtfully prepared alongside a broad and playful list of both classic and natural wines.”

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Wine director Samuel Bogue has partnered with McNaughton and chef Ryan Pollnow and has chosen six natural wines from around the world to showcase on the menu. A 2017 pinot gris by Augur Wine Co. in Russian River will be featured as its local natural wine.

Chefs McNaughton and Pollnow have fixed a small menu that includes rigatoni all’amatriciana and sweet potato and ricotta tortelloni pasta along with other small bites. A half chicken dish will be available, too.

Chefs Thomas McNaughton and Ryan Pollnow have reopened Central Kitchen Wine Bar in the Mission District. It's part of the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group that operates San Francisco favorite Flour+Water.

Chefs Thomas McNaughton and Ryan Pollnow have reopened Central Kitchen Wine Bar in the Mission District. It’s part of the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group that operates San Francisco favorite Flour+Water.

Courtesy of Mac Malone/ Ne Timeas Restaurant Group

McNaughton told SFGATE via email that the reopening comes at a time when that “seems to be what our guests want from us.”

“We decided to open now because we have this incredible courtyard that we can use year round (it’s technically outside but covered from the elements) that we want to share with guests.”

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Between the courtyard and sidewalk seating already available, there will be 40 seats on site, with tables that can accommodate groups of two to five guests. Reservations are available on Resy, though the restaurant will save some tables for walk-in guests.

Central Kitchen Wine Bar is open Thursday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will also be available for delivery and takeout.

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Will the (auto, boat, home and garden) show go on? I-X Center closure, coronavirus pandemic cause turmoil for consumer events planners

CLEVELAND, Ohio — More cars are sold in March in northern Ohio than any other month, according to Lou Vitantonio, president of the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association.



Boats on display at the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show in January 2020. Will the event return in 2021? Organizers hope so.


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Boats on display at the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show in January 2020. Will the event return in 2021? Organizers hope so.

Why? Because the weeklong Cleveland Auto Show always ends in early March, kicking off a flurry of car buying.

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Whether that happens in 2021 is anyone’s guess.

Organizers for the auto show, the Great Big Home and Garden Show, the Cleveland Boat Show and other popular consumer events were thrown for a loop on Wednesday, when the company that operates the International Exposition Center in Cleveland announced that it was closing the facility.

The news comes on top of what is already a very challenging time for the events industry, as the state continues to restrict most large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the challenges, Vitantonio said he is cautiously optimistic that the car show, which drew nearly 350,000 visitors over 10 days early this year, will be held in 2021.

Michelle Burke, president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, which produces the popular Progressive Cleveland Boat Show every January at the I-X Center, said she, too, is hopeful. Her event draws 50,000 attendees and 300 vendors over five days. Some boat vendors said they generate 40% of their annual sales at the Cleveland show.

Burke is leading an effort to convince Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to allow consumer shows to operate.

Statewide, convention centers have been largely restricted from reopening, at least for their intended purposes, as most large gatherings are still prohibited in Ohio (although there are numerous exceptions – for weddings, Browns and Bengals games, performance venues and other facilities).

Burke argues that consumer shows are not mass gatherings – they’re more like retail operations or entertainment venues and should be permitted under already existing state guidelines.

“We won’t have people all together, elbow to elbow,” she said. Like museums and amusement parks, consumer shows can restrict capacity, sell timed tickets, require one-way aisles and put rules in place to keep attendees safe.

She is organizing an effort on behalf of event operators throughout Ohio to put pressure on Columbus to ease restrictions. “There’s a problem and we have to solve it,” she said.

The Ohio Travel Association also is seeking clarification from the governor’s office on the issue of mass gatherings. Melinda Huntley, executive director of the association, said that the size of a venue should be considered when dictating how many people can attend an event.

A massive facility like the I-X Center shouldn’t be governed by the same rules as a small club.

“Here we are with an absolutely devasting travel economy,” she said. “We have to give these businesses the opportunity to do as much business as they can in a safe manner.”

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney said the state will listen to

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Dyckman Farmhouse Garden Reopens To Public After Extended Closure

INWOOD, NY — The garden at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum in Inwood reopened to the public Tuesday after an extended closure due to the coronavirus.

While the garden is now open again three days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the museum will remain closed.

The garden is opening its gates Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and garden is located at 4881 Broadway and 204th Street.

The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum sits within a Dutch Colonial style house built on the same site in 1784. It was opened as a museum in 1916, and today lays nestled in the small garden that is now partially reopening for the public.

The farmhouse is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation owns the museum, and it is considered the last farmhouse still standing in Manhattan. The Inwood museum aims to “support the preservation of the historic site, to be a catalyst for engaging, adventourous programming and to be a good neighbor and a dynamic resource for the community,” according to the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum’s website.

Earlier in the summer, the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Humanities New York organization to help fight against the financial hardships that have come along with the pandemic.

The museum used the added funds to hold a free virtual camp throughout the summer and launch a virtual lecture series called, “Talking About Race Matters: Join the Conversation.”

You can find out more about the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum on its website.

This article originally appeared on the Washington Heights-Inwood Patch

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