Four-year-old Belgian beer-and-sausage spot Belga quietly shut its doors over the holiday weekend, and come September 17 it will reopen as something new from prolific local restaurateur Adriano Paganini.
That something new will be the first vegetarian concept for Paganini's growing restaurant group, which includes Starbelly, Beretta, Delarosa, A Mano, Barvale, and the burger chain Super Duper. It is called Wildseed, and in a complete 180 from the very meat- and seafood-heavy Belga, it will feature entirely plant-based food.
Paganini tells the Business Times that Belga was doing perfectly well, but he's interested in having the large corner restaurant stand out and resonate a bit more in the neighborhood. "We're not in the restaurant business for doing OK," he says. "We want to be very successful."
And it seems he's probably on to something, with the recent explosion in popularity of the Impossible Burger and the boon for business it's created for nearby restaurants like Umami Burger.
Wildseed's menu (not yet released) will feature "hearty, healthy, flavorful and seasonal meals that pull in global flavors and techniques" according to a release, "with the purpose of satisfying a variety of diets." The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the full bar will take on a new focus on fresh, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients, like fresh juices, homemade extracts, and more.
SFist will update you as we learn more.