A big, beer-centric restaurant is headed to the former Dixie space at 1 Letterman Drive in the Presidio, and it's called Sessions. As the Chronicle reports, it's a project of two guys who are currently partners at Georges (415 Sansome) in the FiDi. They'll be reconfiguring the sprawling space and moving the entrance path as close to Lyon Street as possible, and doing a menu of "contemporary California cuisine" to go with a list of 80 to 100 beers, with a special focus on session, or low-alcohol, brews.
In related news, Georges is closing next week, on February 27, so that space is up for grabs.
Another big news item is that the former Marlowe space on Townsend is becoming a dedicated burger spot, devoted to Michael Bauer's favorite, the Marlowe Burger. As the Scoop reports, plans for a burger window at the new Marlowe were shelved for several reasons, and now they'll be doing just burgers, fries, fried chicken sandwiches, and Brussels sprouts chips out of the old space across from CalTrain, at least for a few years until the planned demolition of the building.
And BIG news for cocktail fans, which is that the well loved tiny Tenderloin bar Big is getting resurrected on a rough corner of the 'Loin, at Turk and Taylor. Partners Peter Glickshtern, Jordan Langer, Ryan Melchiano and Ryan Hisamune have snapped up a very old, very divey dive, the 21 Club (98 Turk), and are hoping for an early summer opening. This news comes alongside the news that Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi's new-school fast food spot Loco'l is coming to help gentrify this notoriously dicey intersection.
Eater has an update on the Wise Sons team and their delayed bagel venture, which was stymied by that big fire in the Mission a couple weeks back. Sadly, Wise Sons Bagel will be delayed "nine months to a year" now, but partners Leo Beckerman and Evan Bloom are going ahead with plans to open up Wise Sons Deli all day, five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, starting this week.
Over at Verbena in Russian Hill, they've named the new chef following the abrupt departure of Sean Baker in January, and it's Ryan Shelton. As Inside Scoop reports, Shelton comes to the restaurant via a stint at Santa Cruz's Le Cigare Volant and another as chef de cuisine at Michelin two-star Baumé in Palo Alto. Of the new menu and vibe Shelton says only that it will be more like sister restaurant Gather in Berkeley, and have "a bit more neighborhood feel."
Out in the Outer Sunset we have the opening (last night) of Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company (1735 Noriega at 24th Avenue). As Tablehopper tells us, it's a big, family-friendly brewpub with a beer-friendly menu of flatbreads, mussels, and the like. The brewer, Aaron Weshnak, comes from Russian River Brewing Co., and this has been the project of Devil's Teeth Baking Co.'s Hilary Passman Cherniss.
And there's news of hires at BDK Restaurant & Bar, the new Union Square spot replacing the old Grand Cafe that we told you about earlier. Talented local bar guy Kevin Diedrich will be taking the helm at the bar, as the Scoop reports, and the chef will be Heather Terhune, who comes from another Kimpton Hotel property, Chicago’s Sable Kitchen & Bar, and who appeared on Top Chef Season Nine.
Week In Reviews
San Francisco magazine's Josh Sens toured Chris Cosentino's Cockscomb, which "works as entertainment" and garnered two and a half stars.