Serious news for serious tea drinkers: Alice Cravens, assistant to the late tea diva/madwoman Helen Gustafson, will open a tea restaurant in Hayes Valley. Gustafson was a famous for having been fired from Chez Panisse numerous times, and then reusing to leave. As well as tormenting the dishwashers about the proper way to care for tea implements.
Unsurprisingly, Gustafson developed a cult following and rated an obituary in The New York Times when she died in 2003. Not to be confused with Miss Gibraltar 2004, Helen Gustafson. Thank you, Google.
? The Inside Scoop [SF Chronicle]