After a bunch of shuffles up on Potrero Hill, restaurateur Jocelyn Bulow of Chez Papa and Chez Maman opened Dat Spot in the former Chez Maman space at 18th and Missouri. Despite the name, which most agreed was a little regrettable, Dat Spot was a reportedly very fine spot for rotisserie chicken. But, in February, Dat Spot closed anyway, after just five months in business.
As we sort of anticipated, Bulow held onto the space — it was, after all, home to Chez Maman for more than a decade. And now we learn from Inside Scoop that chef Brandon Peacock, previously of Oakland's Lungomare and Chapeau in the Richmond, has stayed on in the kitchen — he was there for Dat Spot — for a new project. He'll cook for Bulow at the mac and cheese-centric Mac Daddy.
Eater scored the menu for Mac Daddy, which has 12 mac and cheese options ranging from $12 to $15. The classic mac daddy has panko breadcrumbs and two-year aged extra sharp cheddar. Meanwhile, there are more elaborate options like a short rib mac, made with mushrooms, rosemary, and Mt. Tam blue cheese. A "Toulouse" style cassoulet is also on the menu (duck confit, cannellini beans, garlic sausage, bacon, pork shoulder, breadcrumbs) as is a fried chicken entree.
Mac Daddy aims to open on May 2nd. And, lest you mistakenly think this is a Bay Area first, recall that Oakland is home to Homeroom, another mac and cheese joint.
Mac Daddy - 1453 18th Street - Opening May 2 - Hours will be every day from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.