Spring is usually a season for new stuff in the San Francisco food scene, and this year is no exception. As our local economy continues to boom, 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy year for Bay Area food-and-drink scribes not to mention the Yelp Elite who clamor to be first to review everything. Below, a collection of new bars and restaurants quickly coming your way.
As Eater noted yesterday, including the revamp of Schroeder's that we talked about earlier this week, there are at least a dozen new things on the radar and getting set to open, though not all of them have official opening dates yet.
These are the big ones you should be aware of:
Magnolia's Dogpatch Brewery and Smokestack
Everyone's been waiting impatiently for this one for a couple of years now, since it was first announced. But brewmaster Dave McLean is finally ready to debut his expansion to Dogpatch, which will have a full-scale brewery operation, tap room, and a BBQ restaurant called Smokestack led by Namu Gaji's Dennis Lee. 7x7 has some photos here, and they're aiming to open the first week of May.
2505 3rd Street at 22nd
We told you about this super exciting thing last week, but just a reminder, this mini golf course with attached restaurant and cocktail bar is coming your way May 5. And there will be deep-dish pizza.
1096 South Van Ness Avenue at 22nd
4505 Burgers & BBQ
4505 Meats, which has long had a presence at farmers' markets and now has a small butcher shop at Mission and 15th, will now have a little restaurant to call their own serving the famous 4505 burger, as well as some probably awesome barbecue. They've moved into the former Da'Pitt/Brothers BBQ space on Divis, and they're set to start serving food for takeout on May 3. Patio seating and dining will launch later.
705 Divisadero at Grove
We talked about this one last year, and it's the first Bay Area restaurant project from Top Chef alum Casey Thompson, who's actually been living here, and up in Napa, for the past six years. Named in honor of both of her grandmothers, one of whom was French, the menu promises "refined casual fare," with some inventive combinations of ingredients, like crispy chicken skins with charred onion, eggplant, and trout roe; and Wagyu beef with fatback and cheese toast. Also, there will be an attached cocktail bar dubbed The European. Both are set to open in early May.
490 Geary Street in the Warwick Hotel
The replacement concept in the former Fifth Floor space will be cocktail- and small-plate-driven, as we discussed last month, and it's due on May 1. The name is meant to convey something edgy about the new restaurant, and as such they're going to be offering some large format cocktails of the bad-decision sort like “Daiquiri Time Out” for four, and the “Get Me a Juice Box” lunch box for two - with two cans of PBR, two Fernet minis, and housemade chicharrones.
12 4th Street at the Hotel Palomar
This exciting new project in the former Nettie's Crab Shack space from Foreign Cinema chef Gayle Pirie and Bergerac partners Anderson Pugash and Bruce McDonald will be Caribbean-focused, with tropical cocktails and a kitchen led by former Foreign Cinema chef de cuisine Lea Walker. They're hoping to be open in May.
2032 Union Street
Harper & Rye
The replacement bar for the defunct Red Devil Lounge is a new project from Tipsy Pig vet Jamal Blake-Williams. He's aiming for a late May opening and will be offering large-format stuff like punchbowls, as well as a tight list of cocktails. And there will be a pool table. [Tablehopper]
1695 Polk Street
Top Chef Masters alum and beloved local chef Traci Des Jardins (Jardiniere, Public House, Mijita) is getting set to open this big project in the Presidio, in the Montgomery Street Barracks building. The restaurant will offer casual stuff for lunch, and get more upscale for evening dinner service, and will have a market component as well, with housemade bread, jam, and charcuterie to go. Look for it to open by late May.
101 Montgomery Street in the Presidio
You may have noticed the construction at the former Andalu at 16th and Guerrero, and that's this project: A Chinese dumpling house from the team behind Tacolicious. The chef is Tacolicious's own Telmo Faria, and for the cocktail portion they've recruited The Alembic's Danny Louie. The opening is set for late May as of now.
3198 16th Street at Guerrero
Also big on the horizon for a little later this year:
Monsieur Benjamin, the new Hayes Valley bistro promising late-night service from Benu chef-owner Corey Lee and former RN74 chef Jason Berthold; Pabu, the new Japanese concept from Michael Mina coming to 101 California in June; Top Chef Masters alum Suvir Saran's unnamed project in the base of the NeMa building; and former Prospect chef Ravi Kapur's unnamed project at 871 Sutter Street, on which he's collaborating with Nopa partners Allyson Jossel and Jeff Hanak.
Deep breaths, everyone.