Published July 11, 2023, in my Medium column:
Let’s establish two things first: there isn’t enough Central and Eastern European food around. And there is something to be said for industry vets who were part of establishing San Francisco’s dining scene back in the 1990s.
You’ll find both factors behind Gambit Lounge, a new Hayes Valley spot that quietly opened November 2022 to strong user reviews but under-the-radar buzz, in the former Noir Lounge wine bar. Gambit continues the wine bar vibes, backed by two industry vets, Cezar Kusik (formerly of 25 Lusk and game-changing Rubicon, where he was wine & beverage director) and Edward Calhoun (25 Lusk, Southpaw, Dogpatch Saloon).