Coming Soon: Automat to Former Green Chile Kitchen Space, Back of the House Taking Over The Elite Cafe


The California hot fried chicken sandwich from Automat. Instagram photo via @automat_SF.

I still haven’t gotten over the closure of Green Chile Kitchen in NoPa—I keep thinking I’ll swing by for green chile stew, a heartland taco salad, or a breakfast burrito, and then I’m like, oh yeah, that one is long gone. It’s tough to deactivate a 14-year habit.

But now, the taker for the space has been announced: pop-up ~AUTOMAT~ from chef Matthew Kirk is going permanent. His pop-up (at various locations, like New Taraval Cafe) has been making a hot fried chicken sandwich, contemporary California tasting menus, tacos, and the $35 delivered bread box has been a hit, with pickle-spiced sourdough bagels, tomato focaccia, everything bagel sourdough, and other creative creations. Kirk was previously a sous chef at Lazy Bear, and chef-owner David Barzelay will be partnering with him on the project. Look for an opening by late fall/early winter. 1801 McAllister St. at Baker. [Via Hoodline.]

The currently closed ~THE ELITE CAFE~ is going to be the latest restaurant in Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House group (A Mano, Beretta, Delarosa, Barvale, Starbelly, Wildseed, Super Duper)—number 32, to be exact. Details are slim at the moment, but SFist mentions it will be Italian. 2049 Fillmore St. at California.