Just in Time for World Cup: San Francisco Athletic Club Coming to Former Tortilla Heights


The exterior of the former Tortilla Heights. Photo from Facebook.

As reported in tablehopper last month, Divisadero mainstay Tortilla Heights has been sold to partners Miles Palliser and Ezra Berman of the Corner Store, along with a third partner, Neil Holbrook of The Kezar Pub. We’ve got some details on their plans for the new space, including the name: ~SAN FRANCISCO ATHLETIC CLUB~ (SFAC).

The new project is a sports bar, but with lots of fun twists to make it a little different. There will be a whopping 28 televisions, showing the usual American sports like baseball, football, and basketball, as well as more international favorites like soccer and rugby, and audio will be a priority. The space is being redone by Clint Miller, who also worked on Corner Store and Sabrosa, and will include a 20-seat bar and pullout bleachers for big games. There will also be a pool table and a shuffleboard table.

The bar menu will include 12-16 beers on tap, and more by the bottle, with both local microbrews and lighter crowd-pleasing choices too. And when we say crowd, how about beer by the bathtub? Yup, you can get beer by the bottle, by the bucket, or by the bathtub: for groups sitting in one of the four reservable booths, customers can order beer by the case, served boothside in an ice-filled porcelain bathtub. Move over bottle service, now there’s bathtub service.

The cocktail list will have something for everyone, with a focus on whiskey and tequila. There will also be eight wines on tap. As for food, Matt Rosson and Sam Kazik, sous chefs at the Corner Store will be working on the menu, and it will be a balance of heartier pub fare along with lighter, more produce-driven options.

The current plan is to open by Thursday June 12th, when the World Cup kicks off. Once they’re open, hours will be Tue-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10pm, with bar hours and snacks available even later into the evening, and do note there will be breakfast on the weekend. They will also be open earlier and later to accommodate game times. 1750 Divisadero St. at Bush.