Reminder on Openings: 4505 Burgers & BBQ, Hog Island Oyster Bar, Urban Putt


The half rack of ribs at 4505. Yelp photo by James G.


Interior of the new Hog Island Oyster Bar. Photo: Paul Dyer Photography.


The new oyster bar (with a great view!) at Hog Island Oyster Bar. Photo: Paul Dyer Photography.


Hole #1: Quake! (par 3) at Urban Putt. Photo: Cesar Rubio.

Our dining scene is experiencing a slew of openings, so here’s a quick roundup for you with details on the who, what, and when of the latest spots to join the fray.

First up, the lines were long over the weekend at Ryan and Cesalee Farr’s ~4505 BURGERS & BBQ~, and the ad hoc picnic tables that were set up in the parking lot were full of customers feasting on brisket, ribs, burgers, and more. Barbecue by the plate or pound, check. You can check out the takeout menu here, and don’t forget you can get beer to go. Hours are Sun-Thu 10:30am-10pm and Fri-Sat 10:30am-11pm, with the burger window open until 2am. For details on the space, look at our previous piece here.

Last week we shared details and menus about the new ~HOG ISLAND OYSTER BAR~ location at the Ferry Building Marketplace, and now we wanted to share the news that it’s officially open (yay). Although there’s one thing to note: they have to close on Thursday May 8th to install a bit more equipment, so call to double check that they’re all done if you have your heart set on a platter of Kumamotos on Friday.

In the meantime, you need to see a couple of pics, because it’s quite the looker, so we have that for you (check out that view at the oyster bar!). You can read last week’s piece, which is full of details here; don’t forget they now have a full bar. Hours are Mon-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri 11:30am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, and Sun 11am-9pm. 1 Ferry Building, 415-391-7117.

Last week I attended a preview party of ~URBAN PUTT~, the whimsical mini golf and restaurant project in the Mission by Steve Fox. The 14-hole course has a bunch of SF references, from the Transamerica building to a section dedicated to the 1906 earthquake (Lotta’s Fountain in effect), plus you’ll see some Steampunky effects and Rube Goldberg-style stuff too, and there’s even Jules Verne’s Nautilus. You can quickly see how it took quite a geeky crew of designers, robotics engineers, welders, and artists to pull it off (viva geeks!).

We previously ran the news about the Urban Putt chef Dane Boryta and his menu here. You can sit down and eat in the upstairs restaurant, or you can just grab a beer or a glass of wine while you play downstairs with some bar bites and fairway bites (which are available whenever the mini-golf course is open). Mini golf is first come, first served ($12 adults, $8 kids), although large parties can make special arrangements. Mini golf: Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-12am. Restaurant hours: Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm. Guests under 21 are not permitted on the mini-golf course after 8pm, so bring the kids early. 1096 South Van Ness Ave. at 22nd St.