Photo from BOURBON STEAK.
Michael Mina’s plans for The Westin St. Francis on Union Square have been announced: since he’s moving MICHAEL MINA to the former AQUA location, he’s going to be opening BOURBON STEAK in its place. Restaurant MICHAEL MINA will close mid-September (it’s due to re-open late October on California Street); after a quick remodel, BOURBON STEAK’s opening is set for October 7th. (Are there enough all caps in that paragraph? Good.)
While this will be the fifth BOURBON STEAK location, Mina stresses he’s going to have the San Francisco location really highlight California product, producers, and farms, like All-Star Organics, Hamada Farms, White Crane Springs, Dirty Girl Farms, and Iacopi Farms. And yes, the beef will also be from California: Brandt Farms in Brawley, which raises hormone- and antibiotic-free beef. About that beef: Mina’s technique is to slow poach the cuts of beef in butter and herbs for several hours at a low temperature, and then roasting the meat. (Pure evil.)
Of course there will be a rocking wine list assembled by Rajat Parr: it will emphasize Burgundy, Rhone, and California, accented with selections from Bordeaux and Spain. Handcrafted cocktails will also be available in the 42-seat bar and lounge. (As far as hotel bars go, I loved the bar at MICHAEL MINA—here’s hoping the swish vibe remains.) Dinner will be nightly from 5:30pm-10:30pm; bar open at 5pm. Reservations can be made beginning September 22nd by calling 415-397-3003.