Upcoming Project Blast: Kim Alter to Hayes Valley, Jason Fox to Mint Plaza, Adriano Paganini Takes Over Café des Amis, and More


Exterior photo from the now-closed Café des Amis (photo via Facebook).

A bunch of new projects are coming down the pike—2015 is coming in hot! First up, here’s the great news that Kim Alter (previously Haven, Plum), who will still be working in conjunction with DPG (Daniel Patterson Group), has found her SF location: in the former Stelline and Las Estrellas in Hayes Valley. Scoop reports it will have around 40 seats, and she’ll be offering a casual tasting menu. Stand by for more details in the coming months—she is also hoping to score a liquor license as well. 330 Gough St. at Hayes.

I’ve been wondering who was finally going to take over the Thermidor space in Mint Plaza, and it’s chef Jason Fox of Commonwealth, who is working with restaurant consultant Timothy Felkner (Vigilante Hospitality). Scoop reports it will be a casual format (featuring small plates and larger dishes too), with more Mediterranean flavors and full liquor. Look for a summer opening. 8 Mint Plaza.

There’s a new taker for the former Café des Amis space in Cow Hollow: restaurateur Adriano Paganini (Beretta, Lolinda, Delarosa, Starbelly, El Techo, Uno Dos Tacos, and Super Duper Burgers). While there aren’t any details to release about the concept just yet, expect a gathering spot that will be more casual than Des Amis, and there’s talk of a spring/early summer opening. 2000 Union St. at Buchanan.

Last Thursday, Presidio’s Transit Cafe closed it doors, according to Scoop. The new taker for the space is none other than Traci Des Jardins, who’s in the middle of a bit of a Presidio takeover, with her recent openings, Arguello and The Commissary. Look for coffee, pastries, and other quick takeout options once the new spot opens. There’s no name yet, but in the interim a food truck called “The Transition” will be parked out front Monday through Friday from 7am to 2:30pm. 215 Lincoln Blvd. at Graham.

~IKE’S PLACE~ is continuing their expansion into the East Bay with a new location in Emeryville. The new spot is set to open this summer in the upcoming Hollis@Powell housing development. Then, here in San Francisco, owner Ike Shehadeh is opening a spot on Mission Street between 18th and 19th, serving pizzas and burgers in addition to sandwiches. Hat tip to Scoop.

Shah Bahreyni and Sam Ramadan of Marin County restaurants Boca Tavern and Boca Pizzeria have nabbed a restaurant space at 100 Brannan Street. The former home of Sutro, Slanted Door, and La Suite will become Caputo, according to Scoop, with a full liquor license and California-style Italian food. It’s a big space, with 180 seats (60 of them will be on the patio). No word on a timeline yet. 100 Brannan St. at Embarcadero.