A new barbecue spinoff of the upscale 1300 on Fillmore, dubbed Black Bark BBQ, is set to open across the street this fall, possibly as early as September, as Eater is reporting. The name emerged back in December via a liquor license application, and the "bark" refers to the charred crust that forms on slow-smoked meat, especially ribs and brisket.
The new project is being launched by longtime 1300 chef David Lawrence and his wife Monetta White, and Lawrence touts it as "bringing barbecue back to the Fillmore" referring to the fact that the neighborhood, once home to a larger African-American community than there is now, was also home to some long-gone barbecue joints. It will, naturally, be competing with the popular 4505 Burgers & BBQ which debuted last year a few blocks away in a space that had long been home to other barbecue spots like Brothers and Da Pitt.
Black Bark is coming to a space that had not housed a restaurant before at 1325 Fillmore Street, and thus it's been under construction for over six months already, with a complicated build-out. (It was originally rumored to be open by spring.)
From a peek inside during construction recently, SFist can confirm that it looks like it will be a fast-casual set up with counter service, and according to the liquor license they will be serving beer and wine.
Stay tuned for updates later this summer.