View of the bar and one of the communal tables at Jasper’s.
Opening this Wednesday July 27th is ~JASPER’S CORNER TAP & KITCHEN~, a new bar and modern tavern in the former Ponzu space. (It’s named after one of San Francisco’s first surveyors, Jasper O’Farrell.) Bar manager Kevin Diedrich (previously rocking things over at the Burritt Room) is joined by dining room manager Matthew Meidinger, and chef Adam Carpenter.
Chef Carpenter’s tavern-inspired menu of bar snacks, small bites, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and main dishes includes a warm soft pretzel ($4/$8) with smoked Gouda and cheddar fondue; shrimp salad roll ($15) with vegetable rémoulade, bacon, brioche-style roll; fish ‘n’ chips ($13/$21) with wild true cod with polenta crust, tartar sauce, mushy peas; and shepherd’s pie ($16) with minced lamb, and aged white cheddar potato crust.
There will be some stellar handcrafted cocktails (additional bartenders behind the stick include Jacques Bezuidenhout, Allison Webber, and Brian MacGregor), along with 18 beers on tap, and more than 25 beers by the bottle. Additional bonus: Master Sommelier Emily Wines designed the wine program, featuring 29 wines available by the taste, glass, carafe, or bottle, and 6 wines will be offered on tap. Take a look at the initial beverage menu here.
It’s not a small space, with 137 seats, two levels, and seating at a bar, in the lounge, and in the restaurant. There are two communal tables, along with four televisions in the lounge. Breakfast (Mon-Fri 6:30am-10am, Sat-Sun 7:30am-11am), and dinner (5pm-10pm daily) will be served for now. Look for lunch and weekend brunch to start shortly. The bar is open Sun-Wed 5pm-1am, Thu-Sat 5pm-2am. 401 Taylor St. at O’Farrell, 415-775-7979.