In the news

Our clients are often featured in San Francisco Magazine, Bon Appetit, Saveur and The New York Times. Below are the most recent stories.

New Restaurant BOHO Wants to Bring Bohemia to the Marina

A new restaurant by the name of BOHO is moving in at 3321 Steiner (between Chestnut and Lombard), and partners Eileen Filmus and Andrei Busuev promise an eclectic menu and seating for 62 when they open their business sometime in April…Construction on the space has been ongoing for about nine months and was completed three weeks ago, Filmus says. And when the dust settles and BOHO emerges, expect its garb to be “sophisticated and classic peppered with rustic, cozy touches.” You know —boho-chic. Eater San Francisco

‘La Boulangerie de San Francisco’ Opens In Rockridge’

Local bakery La Boulangerie de San Francisco opened its newest cafe yesterday at 5500 College Ave. in Rockridge. The outpost is the chain’s first East Bay location. “We really wanted to be in Oakland,” said Katie Solinger, La Boulangerie’s director of operations. “I feel like it’s really the place for us, and we’d been looking at this spot for a long time.” ABC 7 News

How One Restaurateur Is Crushing it in America’s Most Competitive Food Town

“Creating an experience that is ‘transportative’ is critical,” he adds, acknowledging the made-up word as he confesses that Barvale isn’t even trying to be a truly authentic tapas bar; rather, it’s a Californian moment inspired by the culture of Spain without being too obvious.

Cooking Demo with M.Y. China and Tap 415 Chefs

Long term CGI clients, Martin Yan (MY China) and Mathew Dolan (Tap 415) collaborate on a cooking demonstration and book signing at Westfield San Francisco Centre.

Picture Credit: Matthew Dolan 10/31/2017

Eat This Now: 15 Fall Dishes to Try in the Bay Area

Fresh pappardelle at Donato & Co.
“Like at his restaurants DESCO and Donato Enoteca, chef and co-owner Donato Scotti is upping the Bay Area’s pasta game, yet again. The runaway must-order dish at this Berkeley concept with Gianluca Guglielmi (previously A.G. Ferrari’s executive chef) is the fresh pappardelle…”
SF Chronicle

The hottest spots in Hayes Valley

A Mano
“This Italian restaurant is in its premier season on Hayes Street, but it seems destined for a long run. Pizza here is among the best around, and the small plates make the best ofz the season: fried pole beans with caper aioli, cauliflower with lemon and chiles, and squid with corn and shishito peppers…”
SF Chronicle

20 Best Restaurants in San Francisco

Little Gem, in the bustling Hayes Valley neighborhood, distinguishes itself in a crowded space with its stand-out dairy-, gluten-, and refined-sugar-free dishes sourced with ingredients from local farms.”
Condé Nast – Traveler

Pure Liquid Wine & Spirits @ World Trade Center Celebrates Four Leading Female Winemakers

“In honor of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in Seneca Falls, New York, Pure Liquid Wine & Spirits would like to celebrate four leading women winemakers for the months of August and September.”

Grand Opening – Jack’s Restaurant & Bar

“The first couple of months since opening their new location in NewPark Mall, Jacks’s Restaurant & Bar has enjoyed a very successful introduction to the community, and the new patrons have come out in droves. Now, Jack’s officially celebrates its GRAND OPENING with a Ribbon Cutting and Party.”
Newark Chamber of Commerce

Adriano Paganini’s “A Mano” in Hayes Valley To Open In May, 2017

“San Francisco king restaurateur Adriano Paganini (Beretta, Lolinda, Super Duper) can’t stop, won’t stop opening restaurants. Next up is his previously under-wraps Hayes Valley project, which he has now revealed to be a handmade pasta restaurant called A Mano.”
SF Eater

Noe Valley Bakery Opens New West Portal Location

Noe Valley Bakery Debuts Second Location In West Portal
Owner Michael Gassen and his wife Mary purchased the original 24th Street bakery in December 1994, and the mom-and-pop business has been steadily growing ever since.

Eatsa’s Robots Launch Quinoa-Based Breakfast Menu

It’s quick, cheap, and you won’t have to talk to people in the morning. Eatsa, the fully-automated fast food quinoa restaurant that is not actually run by robots, will now serve breakfast. Check out a sneak peek of some of the menu items below:
SF Eater

Adriano Paganini Introduces BACK OF THE HOUSE Restaurant Group

“When creating a new concept, we are careful to select the right personality to build a brand,” says Paganini. “We start with their passion and take into account the neighborhood to create a place that we ourselves want to frequent.”
The Registry

SF Restaurateur Thad Vogler is Set To Open Up A New Location

Why this San Francisco restaurateur is putting tips back on the menu: Ten months after eliminating gratuities at his popular San Francisco restaurants Bar Agricole and Trou Normand, owner Thad Vogler is reverting to the conventional tipping model. “Basically, we haven’t been able to keep servers,” Vogler said of the switch.

Presidio Social Club Owner Ray Tang Breaks Ground on New South Bay Project

“Tang says that they will also add house-made pastas, bar bites and a “California Chop” category to the menu… The space will be designed by San Francisco architecture firm Tecta Associates, and at 230 seats, plus a large outdoor patio, it’s twice the size of Presidio Social Club, says Tang.”
SF Gate

Pure Liquid Opens at the World Trade Center in New York City

Henry Meer, the chef who ran City Hall restaurant for 17 years and closed it last December, now owns a [Pure Liquid] shop in the Westfield development of the Oculus in the World Trade Center area.
NY Times

Top 100 Restaurants 2016 – SF Chronicle

Several of CGI’s clients are featured in this article! SF Chronicle

Michael Bauer dines at Volta

“Instead of a mall restaurant, I peg Volta as the grandest restaurant to open since Mourad a year ago… Umberto Gibin and chef Staffan Terje, who also own Perbacco and Barbacco, have created a restaurant that reflects a modern approach to the Scandinavian and French menu.”
SF Chronicle

Little Gem: The Future of Dining

SF Chronicle

Take a look inside Volta

SF Eater

Little Gem is now open at 400 Grove St. in Hayes Valley

SF Eater

Adriano Paganini is the “Empire Builder of the Year”

SF Eater

Rouse Properties Refinances NewPark Mall for $135 Million

Business Wire

Delarosa Opening a Second Location Downtown

SF Eater

New Brand is Rising From Old La Boulange

SF Chronicle

How to Spend 50 Amazing Hours in Oakland – 7X7

Article features CGI client, Home of Chicken and Waffles.

Three-star Belga Offers the Best of Belgium, with Beer

SF Chronicle

Savoring the All-American Food at the Presidio Social Club

SF Gate

Busy Restaurateur Adriano Paganini Ready to Roll Out Another One

SF Business Times
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Introducing eatsa, The Financial District’s Upcoming Quinoa Emporium – SFEater

CGI client, eatsa, is featured in this article.

How Tech is Changing the Restaurant Reservation Game – SF Gate

CGI client, Lazy Bear, is featured in this article.

Lazy Bear Goes From Pop-up to Permanent in the Mission – 7X7

2015 James Beard Award Semifinalists – 7X7

Featuring CGI clients Perbacco, Barbacco, Bar Agricole, and Lazy Bear.

The Bay Area’s 7 Best Pies, Ranked – 7X7

CGI client, Presidio Social Club, is featured in this article.

2014’s Hottest Restaurant Openings in SF – 7X7

CGI clients, The Square, Trou Normand, and Shakewell, are featured in this article

Stanley Saitowitz’ Sexy New Development Opens at Octavia and Market – 7X7

We Wanna Be Friends with San Francisco Social Founder Anderson Pugash


Next up for Perbacco duo: modern brasserie in ‘Wichcraft space

SF Chronicle

Super Duper is the Best Burger in the Bay

SF Business Times

Head to the South Bay for you Lobster Roll Fix

SF Eater

Tap (415): Beer and bar bites go to the mall

SF Chronicle

Lazy Bear opens in the Mission

Inside Scoop SF

The Steve Jobs of Pastry

Pascal Rigo is in a very good mood, and who could blame him?

photo: Andrew Paynter

Shakewell Dazzles

SJ Mercury News

SF Eater

UNO DOS Tacos in Downtown SF

SF Eater

Tour Palm House on Union Street

SF Eater

Trou Normand, Bar Agricole’s SOMA Follow-Up

SF Gate

Palm House Caribbean-style restaurant to open on Union Street

SF Gate

Bar Agricole is back on top

Willie Brown loves Super Duper

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The View – Crew SF

CGI’s President and CEO, Carol Gilbert, is featured Click here

Inside Scoop SF

Hi Lo BBQ sold to Lazy Bear team

Inside Scoop SF

Bruce MacDonald and Anderson Pugash take over Nettie’s Crab Shack on Union

Inside Scoop SF

Bottle Cap closes and Square moves in!


Amazeballs – Barbacco’s polpette recipe

Inside Scoop SF

Town Hall celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary

Star Diamond TV

City Hall Restaurant in New York City is featured

CGI’s Exclusive Listing with Westfield Shopping Centre

Old Port Lobster Shack –
Grand opening on November 1st, 2013.

CGI’s Exclusive Listing with Westfield Shopping Centre

Super Duper Burger –
Grand opening on November 1st, 2013.

CGI’s Exclusive Listing with Westfield Shopping Centre

SAJJ Falafel and Shawarma –
Grand opening on November 1st, 2013.

SF Chronicle

East Coast chef decided Mid-Market is a right spot

SF Gate

A16 review: Italian gem defies risks of expansion

Restaurateurs Leap into Mid-Market

Carol Gilbert, President at CGI Retail, and her clients are featured in this article.

Business Times

SF Brokers Fight Restrictions on Formula Retail

Look Who’s Cooking!

Tim Nugent

San Francisco Chronicle

Butterfly on Pier 33 Caters to Tourists and Locals

San Francisco Chronicle

SF Chronicle – A16

SF Eater

Umberto Gibin of Perbacco

Inside Scoop SF – Butterfly

Port History: Butterfly on Pier 33

An Evening at M.Y. China

Executive Chef Tony Wu tosses noodles at M.Y. China restaurant in San Francisco.


Hall of Fame

News from the archives.

Perbacco – NY Times

My Go-To Places for Regional Italian Food in San Francisco.

La Boulange

La Boulange Busts Out

Rosa Mexicana

Rosa Mexicana coming to San Francisco One Market.


Pesce moved from Polk Street to Market Street.


A16 Opens in Oakland

Super Duper

Burgers on a roll.

Perbacco – SF Chronicle

Luscious Italian-inspired dishes entice at Perbacco in San Francisco.

Mixt Greens – Lunch Lessons

Sustainable in the City.

The Anti-Snob

Adriano Paganini presents a convincing counterargument.

Mixt Greens

Founders buy back Mixt Greens and keep business plans fresh.


Counter Culture: Barbacco brings modern Italy to the Financial District.

Bar Aggregate

How many artisans does it take to build a modern tavern?

Heaven by the Slice

Husband and wife team Jeffrey Banker and Lori Baker open Baker & Banker in Pac Heights.

Split Bread – SF Metreon

An artisan sandwich shop from the guys who started Mixt Greens.

photo: John Storey