June 26, 2007

June 26, 2007

~OTIS~ is going through a 2.0 kind of makeover, and how timely, it’s just on the brink of its two-year anniversary. Starting July 11, Otis will be offering a daytime café setting, with outdoor seating in the alley (about 20 seats) plus the option to sit indoors as well. The evening cocktails and parties will continue, and I also got some confirmation that the previous “members only” vibe is finito, so unless the tiny club is at capacity, there really isn’t a “list” anymore. The new attitude is also supposed to be a bit more welcoming—looks like I’ll actually consider having a drink there again. Otis is also launching a new drinks menu, with some good specials during happy hour—which includes Saturday, all right!

I just had a peek at Arielle Segal’s Mediterranean-inspired menu, and it’s a good one: there are four kinds of flatbread pizzas (one has soppressata, Niçoise olives, County Line Farms arugula, and Fontina for $12); four kinds of panini (one includes ham, Gruyere, cornichons relish, Dijon herbs de Provence aioli, $11); three tasty salads (how about organic mixed greens, Frog Hollow peaches, ricotta salata, prosciutto, and balsamic vinaigrette, $12); and a couple mixed plates, like smoked trout with buckwheat crepes, chopped egg, capers, red onion, lemon crème fraîche, large $19/small $16. Segal has worked at the Olema Inn, and is also known by some folks for her underground dinner parties (formerly known as Third Floor, and now as Clandestine), which is how owner Damon White discovered her. If all goes well, Otis might expand lunch service to Monday and Tuesday too.

25 Maiden Lane
Cross: Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 94101


cafe hours
Wed–Sat 11:30am–3pm

happy hour
Wed–Sat 3pm–8pm

nightly 5pm–2am
Sun 8pm–2am

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