Flickr photo from Rick Audet.
A tipster in the Lower Haight alerted me that a former Beretta employee snagged the long-vacant RNM space, and Haighteration confirms the gossip: Jay Bordeleau (Beretta, Nectar, Bacar, Mecca) and David Kurtz (Michael Mina, Coi, Saison, Gary Danko) will be opening ~MAVEN~ before the end of the year. Maven’s Facebook page mentions “a paired menu, which couples creative cocktails, eclectic wines and international beers with choice culinary selections.” Inside Scoop chats with the guys, revealing the menu will be Contemporary California in style, about 10 smaller-portioned items designed to pair with cocktails (and more). They won’t be making significant renovations to the space, so it will hopefully come together quickly. Next: we’ll need to learn who their chef is, among other highlights. Looking forward to seeing this one take shape.