June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013
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The back bar area. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.

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A look at the interior. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.

A report by Dana-Massey Todd. As noted in tablehopper, the ~DOGPATCH SALOON~ closed in February for renovations and an ownership change. The new owners are Sky Wegman, Chris Barry, Derek Jostad, and Marc Goldfine, the team behind 83 Proof. I had a chance to stop by today and chat with Wegman about their plans for the space. Construction has been a little slower than they were hoping, partially because the building is historic, and partially because of, well, construction.

In general, their goal is to get the space closer to its original look (the bar opened in 1913), so they’re undoing a lot of remodels that have been done over the hundred years the bar has been open. They’ve retiled the floor to approximate how it might have looked when it opened, cleared away some space around the windows to add some light, and restored as much of the original wood bar as possible. There’s an area in the back of the bar where church pews have been installed as banquettes, and a fireplace and skylight will anchor the different seating areas. They’ve also done extensive work with subway tile on the bathrooms, which were infamously icky in the past.

They don’t intend to make any major changes to the beverage program; they’d like to keep the spirit of a neighborhood watering hole as much as possible. That said, though, there will be some new spirits on the menu. Mostly, they’ll keep the selection smaller and well curated, with a small range of options. Drinks will be well mixed, but not too fussy. They’ll have a range of craft and local beers, as well. Oh, and Jazz on Sundays will remain. They won’t be serving any food out of the kitchen, though they are hoping to set up a takeout/delivery arrangement with one of the neighboring restaurants to keep boozehound munchies at bay. Right now, they’re hoping to open the first week of July, barring any delays. We’ll update you when there’s more info! 2496 3rd St. at 22nd St., 415-643-8592.

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Rendering of Cellarmaker Brewing Company by Stephen MacMillan via Facebook.

A report from Dana Massey-Todd. As previously mentioned in tablehopper, there is a team getting ready to open ~CELLARMAKER BREWING COMPANY~ in SoMa. The project is from a pair of Bay Area beer veterans, Connor Casey (of Marin Brewing and City Beer Store, plus Fritz Winery and Press Club) and brewer Tim Sciascia (previously Marin Brewing, and Samuel Adams before that). As Grub Street reported back in February, they’re looking to open in late July. They’re planning to have 12 beers on tap, with a focus on unusual and “fun” beers. Look for a variety of hoppy beers, Belgian-style saisons, and aged stouts. They’re big fans of barrel-aged beers and sours, so there will probably be lots of those choices, along with local and seasonal fruit beers. These guys are gluttons for variety, so they want to have new beers rotating through their taps every three to four weeks.

The space has 25-foot ceilings, which will hold the many barrels they’ll be using for their aged beers. They’ve got some renderings on their Facebook page that show a spare, industrial space with exposed brick and metal seating. While they won’t be offering food, they’re hoping to get a rotating group of food trucks on board to come by. Beers will be available in small pours, pints, and in growlers to go. They’re hoping to have construction complete in August so that they can start brewing and open around Labor Day, but that could change. 1150 Howard St. at 7th St.

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Rendering of America’s Cup Sports Bar.

The waterfront continues to ramp up for America’s Cup: opening July 4th is ~AMERICA’S CUP SPORTS BAR~ from Eric Rubin (Hog & Rocks, Tres Agaves) and Karl Hasz (Cyrus, Farina, Tres Agaves); Scott Beattie is the beverage director and will be running the cocktail program. What they’re calling “the world’s largest pop-up bar” will be taking up 12,000 square feet on Pier 27, with room for 500 guests. Not only will the races be continuously broadcast, but local sports games will also play on multiple screens. And in case you need a spot where you can pop Champagne, there will private lounge areas and event spaces too. Hours will be Sun-Thu 11am-10pm and Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, with weekend brunch (stand by for news about the food offering). Pier 27.

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Et Al interior. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.

Now open at the Hotel Zetta is ~S&R LOUNGE~, the new hotel lobby bar we mentioned back in February. To recap: the cocktail menu and bar snacks come from Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas, and chef Jennifer Puccio (Marlowe, Park Tavern)—think pigs in a blanket and other American bites. There’s also a tech playroom upstairs, complete with a pool table, shuffleboard, gaming consoles, and other things to keep tech guys entertained. Next up is the restaurant, The Cavalier. 55 5th St. at Mission.

Was very sorry to hear that Ceri Smith’s ~ET AL~ on Polk Street has closed—her business partnership with Arnold Thoroughman is no longer (via Scoop). I had a chance to catch up with her, and while she is obviously disappointed, she has her sights now set on a couple of other projects. I’ll keep you posted on her plans. 2255 Polk St. at Green, 415-655-3155.

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The bar at 15 Romolo. Photo from Facebook.

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The hopping Balboa Cafe. Photo by Paul Dyer courtesy Balboa Cafe.

North Beach bar and late-night dining savior ~15 ROMOLO~ is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. Not only have they made a sweet video about the history, but they’ve also got some rockin’ parties lined up to celebrate from June 21st-23rd.

On Friday June 21st, join them to “Party Like It’s 1998” with guest bartenders and 1998-inspired cocktails and music. On Saturday June 22nd, catch the Picon Punch Revival from 4:30pm-8:30pm, complete with Basque appetizers and Picon Punch for $7. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include one cocktail and passed appetizers. All day on Sunday June 23rd, catch lots of former bartenders and a list of their favorite cocktails, and raise a glass to 15 more fabulous years. And last but certainly not least, you can join the party with brunch on either Saturday June 22nd or Sunday June 23rd. The Dapper Diner, who holds the hard-earned title of Foursquare Mayor at 15 Romolo, will be collaborating with the chef to create a special brunch menu (psssst, it includes “fatted duck liver” available by charitable contribution to Share Our Strength). Reservations can be made by emailing the restaurant. 15 Romolo Pl. at Broadway, 415-398-1359.

The ~BALBOA CAFE~ is celebrating 100 years in operation this year, despite the fact that the sign over the doors says “Established 1914” (apparently the original owner was superstitious about the number 13). To commemorate the century of business, they’ll be throwing a party on Friday June 21st from 4pm-7pm. They’ll be slinging 100-cent Anchor Steam, festive cocktails in honor of their namesake (Balboa the explorer), and serving cake and bites. Gavin Newsom and Gordon Getty are also rumored to be planning to drop in. 3199 Fillmore St. at Greenwich, 415-921-3944.

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