Appetizers
March 4, 2011
Taking a look at Kupros Bistro this Sunday

By Blair Anthony Robertson
brobertson@sacbee.com

I just wrapped up the writing on this Sunday's review -- a look at Kupros Bistro on 21st Street.

This was a challenging restaurant to assess, mostly because, even though it is quite new, it has shifted its focus rather abruptly since opening last August.

For years, 21st Street has been either dead or where restaurants go to die. But that's changing. There is actually some life within blocks of The Bee that goes beyond I Heart Teriyaki. The most noteworthy addition in recent times has been Bombay Bar and Grill, which is really succeeding, as it should. The service is friendly, the room is lively and the food is superb.

Kupros? It took a run-down Craftsman-style house occupied for years by Cheap Thrills costume shop, spent $500,000 fixing it up and then opened with a flourish.

It has a beautiful, large bar and it appears that in recent months that shift I referred to means more focus on the bar. That's probably the way it should be.

To read the Kupros review, tune in Sunday. Even better, impress your friends and buy an actual Sunday paper, which has all kinds of re-use and re-purpose possibilities, from lining the proverbial bird cage and wrapping fish to protecting your floor during your house-painting project, or, as they did on J Street recently, papering over the windows the minute Plum Blossom went under.

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