Five-year-old English-styled gastropub Gashead Tavern (2351 Mission Street) is being taken over by a trio of local bar vets and transformed into the kind of modern Irish bar that exists in Ireland — craft cocktails and all.
Casement's takes its name from Roger Casement, a gay Irish nationalist, poet, and human rights crusader who was executed for treason in 1916 — after the British government had circulated copies of his diaries, known as The Black Diaries, in which he detailed homosexual acts, in order to argue against clemency in his case. And the name, according to the new owners, is fitting for the type of inclusive Irish bar — sans shamrocks — that they're looking to create.
As SF Weekly details, the team behind the bar is Gillian Fitzgerald (Virgil’s Sea Room), Sean O’Donovan (Mission Bowling Club, Driftwood), and Chris Hastings (Lookout, Wes Burger N’ More), and the idea was born when Fitzgerald and O'Donovan worked together at Lower Haight Irish pub Nicky's.
"We’re all still here and in love with the city even though sometimes it doesn’t love us back," Fitzgerald tells the Weekly. "I want people to see our personalities come though, and not just as an Irish bar."
The casual neighborhood bar will sport Tecate on tap as well as some high-end cocktail-making, including house-made tonics for gin and tonics, and a focus on Irish whiskey from Ireland's new crop of craft distillers.
Food-wise, the kitchen is being taken over by the Chicano Nuevo pop-up, who may or may not be serving the tamales and tacos they've served up at El Rio, and who will reportedly be serving "elevated pub fare" including a seafood chowder. Also, there will be pies from Revenge Pies.
While the team is officially taking over Gashead Tavern as we speak, the transition over to Casement's is not set to be complete for several months. But stay tuned.
Casement's - Coming soon to 2351 Mission Street between 19th and 20th