Front of the now-closed Le Zinc. Photo via Le Zinc’s website.
After being open for 15 years in Noe Valley, neighborhood bistro ~LE ZINC~ closed its doors. But fear not, Francophiles, because taking its place is ~CHEZ MARIUS~, from Laurent Legendre of Glen Park’s Le P’tit Laurent, and previously Clementine Restaurant and Bistro Clement (Marius is his middle name, in honor of his grandfather, who was a chef). He is going to continue the neighborhood bistro vibe, and the menu will be Provencal-inspired, with classics like bouillabaisse, ratatouille, mussels, and escargots, with bistro favorites like foie gras and of course steak tartare.
There will be some low-ABV cocktails and aperitifs added, like a pamplemousse cocktail, kir royales, and more. They are making renovations and will be expanding the back patio by 6-10 seats. And since the patio has a separate entrance, it’s going to be dog-friendly. It will also be kid-friendly, with a chalkboard for kiddies to draw on, and a fire pit where they can make s’mores (hopefully supervised, ha-ha, we don’t want little Francois to fall into the fire).
The plan is to open next week sometime; I’ll let you know the exact date in the Tuesday December 6th tablehopper. Chez Marius will be open for lunch Wed-Fri, dinner nightly, and brunch Sat-Sun. 4063 24th St. at Noe.