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Members-Only Coffee Shop Launches in London; Marcus Samuelsson Opens Restaurant

Also: a sad day for San Francisco media, and Four J Foods gets ready to launch their product line.

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SAN FRANCISCO — It's a sad day for for the media world as The Bold Italic, an online culture publication that regularly covers the Bay-area culinary scene, has officially shut its doors and turned off its servers. The Gannett-owned magazine becomes the third major blow to the San Francisco media landscape of the last year: in February, 7x7 announced it was ceasing its print edition, and last October the San Francisco Guardian announced it was shutting down.

OPENINGS — Chef Marcus Samuelsson will debut a new restaurant, Marcus', at Hamilton Princess & Beach Club on May 27. The Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef, who was the youngest to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, will bring his globally-influenced cuisine to the small island of Bermuda. Samuelsson will bring dishes like oysters with black rum mignonette and tandoori smoked salmon.

PRODUCT LAUNCHES — Four J Foods, a new condiment concept from Joey Campanaro, Jonathan Waxman, Jimmy Bradley & Jason Giagrande, will begin making their jarred products for sale April 11. The chefs will peddle their own inspired takes on sauces and dressings, like whole-grain mustards, vinaigrettes, and pasta sauces.

LONDON — Tired of fighting for outlets and laptop space in your local Starbucks? If you've got the cash, you no longer need to deal with the riff-raff. Net.Works., a shared office space in London, has opened SL28, a private, members-only coffee shop. You have to pay £10 a month to belong (about $15) and in return, you get access to the shop and three free cups of coffee per month. Elitist? Possibly. But the place certainly looks beautiful.