The former New Star, future home of the Black Cat. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.
A couple of new projects are coming down the pike. Hoodline brings news of ~BLACK CAT~, a restaurant and bar opening in the Tenderloin at the end of 2015 from Fritz Quattlebaum. The all-day restaurant (which will also have full liquor) is moving into the former New Star space, which has been vacant for a couple of years. Gi Paoletti is behind the design, and chef Ryan Cantwell (Eccolo, Chez Panisse, Bar Jules, Zuni Cafe) will be leading the menu (American with global influences, primarily small plates), serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bites in between.
The project is in the Verona Hotel, which is home to the Mary Elizabeth Inn Supportive Housing Program, and Quattlebaum mentions there will be “an entry-level training program for residents of the neighborhood.” (No word if the project will be paying any homage to our city’s famous Black Cat Bar from the first half of the 20th century, read more about this amazing bar here.) 400 Eddy St. at Leavenworth.
Last week I noticed that ~PLIN~ on Valencia was closing and changing its name to Nostra. I reached out to chef-owner Alexander Alioto, who confirmed the news and concept change, but then released the details to the Scoop. He’s reportedly going to be creating a more neighborhood-friendly place where guests can choose from a variety of housemade pastas (8-12), plus sauces (6-10), seasonal vegetables, and proteins. Pricing should range from $12-$18. The bar area will become Bar Mia, focused on amari, amaro-based cocktails, and bites. Stand by for reopening details soon. 280 Valencia St. at 14th St.