Openings: The Shota Opens in Former City Counter, the German-Inspired Mauerpark Café

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The chic counter at The Shota. Photo via Instagram: @theshotasf.

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The cheerful counter at Mauerpark. Yelp photo by Matt B.

Opening Thursday November 1st in the former City Counter space in the Financial District is ~THE SHOTA~, an omakase-only sushi restaurant. Way to take over that long counter, it’s kind of perfect. Chef Ingi “Shota” Son will be offering both traditional Edomae-style sushi, integrating techniques like aging, curing, and marinating seafood flown in from Tsukiji Fish Market, plus some modern techniques as well. There will also be some kaiseki-style dishes using seasonal and local ingredients. There are two seatings Tue-Sat: 5:30pm and 8pm. 115 Sansome St. at Bush, 628-224-2074.

There’s a charming and stylish new German café that just opened at 17th Street and Church, ~MAUERPARK~. Cyclists have probably been watching the transformation of the former laundromat into this cute café since it’s on two popular cycling routes. For those who know their German history (or don’t), Mauerpark was formerly the militarized land between the parallel barriers of the Berlin Wall (known as the “death strip”), and after the fall of the wall in 1989, has been transformed into a public space, park, and flea market.

Owner Salome Buelow, whose parents are German immigrants, is offering a menu of breakfast and lunch boards (with meats, cheeses, müsli and fresh fruit, and sausages), plus German pastries, sandwiches, daily specials, toasts, snacks, coffee and espresso service, beers on draft, wine, and some German sodas. The space is super-cute, with a counter, tables, and some comfy upholstered chairs. She wanted to create an open, inviting, inclusive space, where all are welcome—no walls here. Open Tue-Wed 7am-5pm, Thu 7am-9pm, Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 8am-5pm. 500 Church St. at 17th St., 415-525-4429.