Ach du lieber: We're not sure what the German word for "yowza" is, but this certainly deserves a great big exclamation of some sort. San Francisco's venerable Schroeder's closed on Jan. 1. The 120-year-old German restaurant -- the largest beer hall on the Left Coast -- has been purchased by Jan Wiginton and Andy Chun, the folks behind Press Club San Francisco. They plan to reopen the huge Financial District eatery with a fresh look, a new chef and a new menu in April.
"We chose Jan and Andy among all the potential buyers because we trust that they will preserve what we've created and maintain the traditions that mean so much to our customers," said Jana Filipcik, Schroeder's retiring co-owner. "We didn't want the long-standing German culture and heritage of this restaurant that's been built over the last 120 years to be lost for a different concept."
Word is that BCV Architects, who did the Press Club, are putting in new hardwood floors, adding windows and giving the place more light. Schroeder's will still have German cuisine -- with a local, seasonal touch -- and the polka bands, shoot-the-boot contests and Oktoberfest celebrations will continue. Keep tabs on the progress at www.schroederssf.com.
Campbell comings, goings: New on the burgeoning downtown Campbell restaurant row is Mo's: The Breakfast + Burger Joint, which serves an all-day menu of, yep, you guessed correctly. Look for pancetta hash, nutty waffles with Nutella and toasted pecans, and a French burger served with Brie on brioche. (Sometimes you need a burger and o-rings at 8 in the morning!) Starting Jan. 6, hours will extend to 9 p.m. daily. Details: 278 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell. 408-871-1300; www.moscampbell.com.
Over at the Pruneyard, the venerable Hobee's will close after service on Jan. 5 -- a victim of rising rents. As Edward Fike, president of Hobee's restaurants, told our community reporter Mara Van Ells, the new market rate will be twice what Hobee's had been paying. So, after 15 years, the company is looking for a smaller Campbell site. Until then, swing by for the legendary blueberry coffee cake, say thanks to the hard-working crew and take a trip down memory lane. After all, for most of its existence, the Pruneyard has been home to a restaurant known for huge omelettes. Remember the Cookbook? Share your Cookbook and Hobee's memories on our blog, http://blogs.mercurynews.com/eat-drink-play/.
Borgo redux: If you wept over the closing of Oakland's Borgo Italia, here's cheery news: Borgo mastermind Fabio Dalle Vacche has just opened his new rustic-chic Italian restaurant, Centouno Taverna, near Jack London Square. The new Italian comfort food place is doing the same Torta Fritta con Salumi ($14) that wowed diners at Borgo, as well as a variety of other, delicious-sounding dishes, including handmade pastas and pizzas, a chicken scallopini with lemon ($12) and a Bistecca alla Fiorentina, cooked to order and large enough for two. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. at 101 Broadway; www.centouno101.com.