Firehouse 8. Photo from Facebook.
A couple of interesting projects in historic buildings are on the horizon. First up, there was some liquor license activity for ~FIREHOUSE 8~, a project that is going into a 1917 firehouse that has been vacant for 30 years: San Francisco Landmark #188 in Russian Hill. The site mentions: “the first floor will be mixed retail and coffee supporting local artisans, suppliers, and vendors. The second floor will be a community assembly space available for rental: seminars, meetings, gallery openings, weddings, and special occasions. We will host events with local talents, artists, chefs, musicians, photographers, speakers, and writers.” Their Facebook page mentions an early August opening, and a call for “artists, designers, and vendors to do pop ups here at space going forward.”
Inside Scoop adds owners Gavin Jefferies and Teresa Nittolo (of the shops Molte Cose and Belle Cose on Polk) have been working on the project for six years, and plan to find a restaurant operator for the first floor, which will be in addition to the café. The retail portion is due to open mid-August. 1648 Pacific Ave. at Polk.
~WINGTIP~, a combination men’s club, clothing store, barbershop, and more is coming the the almost-22,000-square-foot original Bank of Italy building in the FiDi. The SF Business Times has all the details on the multilevel space: the man behind the project is Ami Arad of On the Fly. There will be a bar and food service for members, and lots of cuff links. Read all about it here. 550 Montgomery St. at Clay.