After a much-needed (?) $30 million makeover, the Metreon, struggling early aughts mall fortress at Fourth and Mission, will open a new set of "reimagined" restaurants and shops on Saturday. Among the reworked ideas: a simpler, cleaner tone to the place; easier entry; and stores that—get this—one can enter without having first to walk through a human maze. Which is to say, many retail stores will now be accessible from Fourth Street.
According to The Chronicle, new establishments will include, "Buckhorn Grill, SoGreen Yogurt and San Francisco Soup Co., to be followed in days or weeks by Cako Creamery, La Boulange Bakery, Massage Envy Spa, Brandy Ho's Hunan Food and many others."
We took a mini-tour of the new digs. While still in the incomplete stage as of Friday afternoon, the changes are impressive. Judge for yourself.
The Metreon will also house a new Target store, taking up the entire second floor. Target plans to open the mammoth store later this year.