Chef Joseph Humphrey Isn't Just Whistling Dixie


Pres a Vi chef’s table; Yelp photo by James S.

Since leaving Murray Circle, chef Joseph Humphrey has been on quite a hunt for his own restaurant location in San Francisco. After Grub Street noticed Humphrey’s “coming soon” cards listing the name ~DIXIE~ on them at the SF Chefs Sugar & Spice party, Inside Scoop reveals he’s opening in the hefty 120-seat Pres a Vi space in the Presidio that has been empty the past two years. Michael Brennan is revitalizing the room, and they are targeting a fall opening. Humphrey’s partner/front-of-house operator is Khalid Lahlou (Mourad Lahlou’s brother, who used to run Kasbah and Aziza with him). In spite of the Southern name, Humphrey says the food won’t be exclusively Southern food but will show Southern influences. Hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy trying out Humphrey’s cuisine on the outdoor terrace before chillier weather rolls in.