a smiling man in an apron stands in front of an interior sign that says "Mint & Liberty"
Executive chef Michael Siegel at Mint & Liberty. (Alix Wall)

Former Shorty Goldstein’s chef to bring Jewish favorites to new spot; third Sababa location opens

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Chef Michael Siegel, who used to own Shorty Goldstein’s in downtown San Francisco, and most recently brought a few favorites from that menu to the very short-lived diner in Sonoma called Mint & Liberty, will now bring a few Jewish favorites to his new gig as executive chef at Floodwater in Mill Valley.

Eater has reported that the new spot, which is part of the Real Restaurants group, will have a gastropub-style menu, with matzah ball soup and a Reuben with corned beef made from the Shorty’s recipe. Shorty Goldstein’s, a Jewish deli that operated during working hours in the Financial District, shut down in 2017 after a four-year run.

The projected opening date for Floodwater is Nov. 29 at 152 Shoreline Highway in Mill Valley.

Sababa, the fast-casual falafel joint with housemade pita started by Israeli American chef Guy Eshel, has just opened its third San Francisco location at 71 Stevenson St., according to the eatery’s Instagram feed. A lunch spot only, like its predecessors, the new location is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."