Urban Putt, the Mission's forthcoming 18-hole indoor mini-golf course, is a few putts closer to becoming a reality this week. The city's Planning Commission will review the designs this Thursday, which means we get a sneak preview of the interiors via their planning sketches and blueprints today.
Although there was some initial backlash from the neighbors about the potential funhouse, bar and restaurant moving into the former mortuary at 22nd Street and South Van Ness, our dialed-in friends at Curbed report that the Planning Commission is generally in favor of the new usage, which needs a conditional use permit to move forward. The building has been vacant for nearly fifteen years and was previously approved to be used as a restaurant in 2005, but that plan obviously fell through.
Per the planning documents, the majority of the ground floor will be dedicated to 18 holes of miniature golf on 2,100 square feet. Also on the ground floor: a bar and some private dining rooms where we imagine many a fun birthday gathering will be hosted. The second floor will hold the majority of restaurant seating as well as a second bar and a balcony overlooking the tiny action below.
Although we don't gave a look at every green just yet, sketches from putt-putt proprietor (and former CNet and PC World editor) Steve Fox include a whimsical Transamerica Pyramid/windmill and a musical hole where one must bounce a putt off of a cowbell and down a set of bongos onto a xylophone staircase. Because what mini-golf course would be complete without a windmill and the potential for balls to go flying out of bounds? In the past Fox has tucked a Golden Gate Park replica course into a parking space for PARK(ing) Day, so we can't imagine the whimsy will end there.
As previously reported, Matt Hollis — who did the interiors at Mission Bowling Club on 17th Street a few blocks away — will be handling the non-putting related interiors. The Bon Vivants are slated to handle the drinks and the whole thing could open before the end of the year or early 2014.