Ultra-hot Divisadero spot Che Fico is trying again with its downstairs, street-level, former cafe space, and it's going to be a combo salumeria and casual, wine-focused Italian trattoria.
Che Fico Alimentari, as Tablehopper tells us, will feature antipasti, salumi, housemade ciabatta and focaccia, as well as pasta (though not house-made ones like those in the upstairs restaurant).*
And there will be a wine bar with wine selections from Che Fico's wine director Francesca Maniace, and ultimately wine available for retail sale, as the restaurant tells SFist.
Unlike Theorita, the casual concept that first occupied this space at 834 Divisadero when Che Fico debuted last year, Che Fico Alimentari will offer some reservations for evening dining, and keep 24 of its 60 seats reserved for walk-ins.
There's no word, though, on whether we'll ever see Theorita's delicious fried chicken sandwich again.
Update: A rep for Che Fico clarifies that contrary to initial reports, there will be no daytime service at Che Fico Alimentari, and there will be no pastry available to go. There will be "retail offerings including Che Fico salumi, local and Italian cheeses, Che Fico branded and other select Italian and California products." And the main menu will "focus on a large variety of prepared antipasti (house-made and imported salumi, local and Italian cheeses, salads, vegetables), classic pasta dishes utilizing dried pasta (carbonara, cacio e pepe, amatriciana), a small selection of secondi, as well as dessert." There will also be large-party dining options, and the idea is to "pay tribute to more traditional fare" than in the upstairs restaurant.
The move to expand with a casual, second concept echoes one happening across town in the Mission, where AL's Place — which, like Che Fico, had the honor of landing on Bon Appetit's Best New Restaurants list and has had a similar spate of high-demand popularity — is opening AL's Deli in the former Yuzuki space at 18th and Guerrero.
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* This post has been corrected to say that Che Fico Alimentari will not feature daytime service. A previous version of this post referred to the new concept as a part-time cafe, which it will not be.