CALAFIA PUTS ON FINISHING TOUCHES ... The much anticipated Calafia will open next month in Town & Country Village. This represents celebrity chef Charlie Ayers' first venture into the public restaurant business. Officially called Calafia Cafe & Market a-Go-Go, the 100-plus-seat cafe, which will face the Embarcadero Road side of the shopping center, will have its grand opening on Jan. 20. "This is my new baby. I will be here every single day," said Ayers, best known as Google's founding Executive Chef and the Grateful Dead's private cook. Ayers will offer fare that he calls gourmet, healthful and fast in a setting that is part dining room and part market. "It is slow food, served fast," he said. Although the menu items are the main draw, customers will also be greeted by a 12-foot-long, 100-pound chandelier made from 71 antique milk bottles. "We found the bottles in an old creamery on the East Coast. Each bottle fits over each bulb," he said. If there's an earthquake? "This space has been totally seismically fitted," he said. No worries, just watch the big chandelier sway.
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