The long-awaited sister restaurant to Bar Agricole is finally going to have its debut next Monday, and it's called Trou Normand (140 New Montgomery Street). The name refers to a traditional northern-French palate cleanser, typically brandy or Calvados, and with that in mind some small-production brandies from Europe will form the backbone of the bar program, as Inside Scoop reports.
Owner Thad Vogler, who's spent the last year revamping Bar Agricole a bit after the loss of opening chef Brandon Jew, has hired his Bar Agricole butcher Salvatore Cracco to helm the kitchen, and to create a house-made charcuterie program that's going to number between 20 and 40 selections. There will also be a full dinner menu to start with the same cocktail focus as Bar Agricole, as well as grilled meats, but the new location downtown means that all-day service will be in order, with breakfast and lunch starting on or around May 1.
The new restaurant is one of two going into the base of the newly renovated, Pflueger-designed 140 New Montgomery, which is now home to Yelp. Thus, some Yelpers have already previewed the menu, reviewed it, and posted some photos before it's even opened. There are already two references to New York. Examples:
Cindy W. says, "Very cool interior -- reminds me of 1950s New York with the tall ceilings, comfy, leather booths, and marble bar. "
Kevin J. says, "I have [to] say that this will be a gem well talked about in future conversations about libations and adventures in edible delights. This place reminds me of a New York City apartment with a San Francisco chill vibe. "
Trou Normand, 140 New Montgomery Street, between Mission and Howard