A high-end gourmet market conceived by local event impresario Stanlee Gatti will make its debut on October 19, and from the sound of it, it will be like nothing the Tenderloin has known, ever. Meraki Market (927 Post Street), which Gatti first told the Chronicle about last December, is a place where Gatti has promised "the best of every kind of thing," from house-made pasta to caviar to fine olive oils and such. Hoodline spoke to Gatti this week, on the eve of the opening, and he seems unfazed by the idea that the Tenderloin might not be ready for this kind of luxury. "Everyone should have access to good food," Gatti says.
Gatti is best known as an event designer and planner known for creating lavish, multi-million-dollar affairs "MGM fantasies," as socialite Denise Hale described them to the Chronicle. In 2013, Gatti somehow managed to meet Kanye West while he was dining at Cotogna and get himself hired to produce Kanye's extravagant marriage proposal to Kim Kardashian, which included fireworks and an orchestra, at AT&T Park.
Now, with partner and best friend Bill Grzywacz, he brings us Meraki Market, across the street from the first apartment he moved to in San Francisco in 1978. Gatti has focused his passion on refurbishing the craftsman-style retail building on Post Street, near Hyde one of a couple of historic buildings that Gatti has been transforming in the neighborhood.
The 1,000-square-foot space will sell some dry goods and produce, as well as sandwiches and prepared meals by a former executive sous chef at Napa's Meritage resort, Mouhssine Benhamacht. As Hoodline reports, the place will be managed by a former procurement manager at Whole Foods, and among the luxuries will also be fancy milk 6% milk from Alexandre Family EcoDairy (regular whole milk is 4% milk fat) as well as two kinds of house-made butter made from the same dairy's cream. There will also be Acme bread, and Jane bakery's sesame baguettes.
It's unclear how prices will compare to, say, Whole Foods, but Gatti tells Hoodline "they will be comparable to similar offerings elsewhere in the city." Implying that he seems to think much of the neighborhood has already gentrified, Gatti tells them that "people who live nearby won’t have to travel to find more premium products." But I suppose Nob Hill is right there, so there's that.
And, anyway, now you know where to find caviar in a pinch when you're in the 'Loin!
Meraki Market - 927 Post Street near Hyde - Opening October 19