Chef Aaron London's Michelin-starred Mission hit AL's Place is expanding for the first time, and it's onto the gourmet ghetto of 18th Street.
As Eater reports, AL's Deli will be taking the place of Japanese restaurant Yuzuki, which previously announced it was closing sometime this month, after a respectable 8-year run in what was previously a notoriously cursed space on the corner of Guerrero and 18th.
AL's Deli plans to serve sandwiches and no doubt salads — London has been lauded for his vegetable-focused cuisine, and he was previously the chef at the all-vegetarian Ubuntu in Napa. It will be a quicker-service concept than AL's Place, but other than that, London hasn't shared any further details.
Also, the opening timeline is up in the air.
But that corner, across from the always crowded Tartine Bakery and a hop and a skip from Delfina and Bi-Rite, is some prime dining real estate for sure.
AL's Place, meanwhile, remains a tough table to get four years on, after being named Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurant in 2015. The place began expanding its menu in 2018 to include more meat dishes than before, and then expanded its family-style tasting menu last fall to include more of these dishes.
Stay tuned for more details on the deli as they arrive.
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