The husband-and-wife team behind Hayes Valley's successful and acclaimed Rich Table, Evan and Sarah Rich, are almost ready to debut their first fast-casual concept, also in Hayes Valley, dubbed RT Rotisserie. Announced back in October, the project is moving in to the former Mandarin Villa space at 101 Oak Street, and they now announce they're aiming for a late April debut.
"We wanted to be really thoughtful about opening a second restaurant, cooking the kind of food we crave the most, with the highest quality ingredients and in a space that's approachable," says Evan Rich. The couple devised the menu, which is anchored by rotisserie chicken and porchetta, thinking about the hearty comfort foods they liked to cook after ski days up in Lake Tahoe with the added bonus of some fries inspired by Rich Table's famed porcini doughnuts.
"RT Rotisserie is a counter-service restaurant, but we're still as deeply committed to serving people really amazing food here as we are at Rich Table," says Sarah Rich.
In addition to chicken and porchetta meals (and a vegetarian one with roasted cauliflower) that can be purchased for one, or for any number of people at $21 per person with two sides included, the meats and cauliflower can be ordered as sandwiches on Dutch crunch rolls. And all three main items are prepared with the same brine made with buttermilk, umami powder, garlic, and Douglas fir, and brushed with smoked, roasted garlic oil, and finished with herbs.
Sauce options include dried chipotle sauce, cilantro chimichurri, avocado ranch, Douglas fir sour cream, and “Nanny’s BBQ” sauce, inspired by Evan’s grandmother.
Sides include "umami fries," which are sweet potato fries dusted with the porcini powder from the porcini doughnuts, and an herb mix.
We'll update you as the opening nears, and you can check out a draft menu they had in the fall, which is of course subject to change.
RT Rotisserie - 101 Oak Street at Franklin - Opening in April