Photo of the SF Grill stand from Yelp.
Wow, we’re getting an ~UMAMI BURGER~. Yup, the Los Angeles mini burger chain that has chefs and food writers all in a tizzy over their deliciousness is going to be opening in the former Noodle Theory space in the Marina. Inside Scoop promises more deets soon. 3242 Scott St. at Chestnut.
But one burger place opening much sooner is going into the old Annie’s Bistro on California Street: ~BISTRO SF GRILL~, a brick and mortar location from the SF Grill folks (you may know them from the Sunday Divisadero Farmers’ Market). Owner Seni Felic always cracks me up with his effusive manner, brightly colored pants, big sunglasses, and amazing Bosnian accent. He’s going to be joining two fellow Bosnian friends in opening the gourmet burger spot, which will feature the in-house seasoned/mixed meats he’s known for. He uses local and free-range Sonoma meat (except the bison, which comes from Wyoming), and makes everything from jalapeño turkey burgers to patties with chicken, wild salmon, lamb, boar, and venison (all priced $6-$10). Some newcomers on the menu will be halal and American Kobe beef options. There will also be a few sandwiches, including a grilled chicken, smoked trout, and vegetarian version made with mushroom, plus a few salads as well, milkshakes, and dessert will include ice cream from Bi-Rite (he mentioned a snickerdoodle sundae). And maybe French fries mixed with fresh herbs and roasted garlic will appear—Seni is very focused on eating healthfully, but knows his customers will want fries.
They’re currently busy painting and reupholstering—the space will have an eclectic look, with a color scheme of Moroccan red and black. The soft opening is from 3pm-8pm on December 23rd, and they’ll open again for a few days with reduced hours after Christmas, with the official full-time hours launching after New Year’s Day. Beer and wine will be coming soon. Open Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, and Sat-Sun 10am-11pm. 2819 California St. at Divisadero.