Get ready, everyone. Miniature golf is coming very soon to 22nd and South Van Ness, and it will come complete with a bar from the Trick Dog team and a full-service restaurant from the chef at the recently shuttered Bottle Cap. It's called Urban Putt, and SFist first told you about the project early last year, and shared some sketches. Now we get word that they're aiming for an April opening.
The upstairs restaurant will be called UP @ Urban Putt, and the menu is said to include "Americana favorites including burgers, pizza, fries, salads, and a collection of retro, even cheeky, desserts." More "boardwalk-friendly" food will also be available in the downstairs bar and golf-course area, along with cocktails.
The thing sounds kind of awesome, frankly. It's the brainchild of "CEO and Chief Greenskeeper" Steve Fox, who's a former Editorial Director at PC World, and CNET. He and his wife, Leslie Crawford, used to host miniature golf benefits at their house in the early 90s, and Fox has had a dream of opening his own course ever since. As we talked about earlier, holes are going to feature themes like "Day of the Dead," Playland on the Beach, and the TransAmerica Pyramid.
From the release:
The Urban Putt course is a fantastical, high-tech wonderland with a design concept that is part Jules Verne, part Rube Goldberg, that some might describe as “steampunk” with an overarching turn-of-the-century feel. Designed and crafted in-house, each of the holes have both mechanical and high-tech aspects that were developed by a talented team of local artists and engineers, such Christopher Myers, UC Berkeley Invention Lab manager/ Inventioneer and a former Academy of Art Industrial Design professor, and local sound designer and self-professed “audio archeologist” Andrew Roth.
So, look for the opening in April if all goes well, and check out Facebook for updates.