The restaurant attached to The Chapel music venue (777 Valencia Street), dubbed The Vestry, debuts tonight after some lengthy delays. The Chapel, as you may recall, opened last fall around this time in time to host Elvis Costello on the weekend of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and the restaurant's been under construction ever since. It's a significant project for the neighborhood, with the chef and restaurateur of Oakland's popular A Coté at the helm.
That chef would be Matthew Colgan, and the owner is Jack Knowles, who developed the whole Chapel concept in the former New College campus in collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in New Orleans. The place hosts live music on the regular, and Knowles says he sees the food component as a "civilizing force" for the music venue. There's also now a patio that opens up to Valencia Street that's sure to stay lively most nights.
The food, not unlike that at A Cote, is casual and Californian, with a couple of flatbreads, mussels, a burger, a pasta, and some seasonal small plates like stuffed squash blossoms with pesto, and an heirloom tomato salad with tzatziki.
See the whole menu here. The cocktail menu was developed by Bourbon & Branch vet Darren Crawford, and includes drinks like the Cane & Able (cachaca, lime, pineapple, allspice, and coffee bitters), and the Lady Guadalupe (tequila, lime, passionfruit, habanero, rinquinquin, and grapefruit bitters).
The Vestry will be open seven nights a week, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the bar is open until 2. Also, there's a plan for brunch in the works too.