Mission News: The Crafty Fox Is Now Open, Viracocha Closing


The Crafty Fox. Photo by Michael David Rose Photography, courtesy of UrbanDaddy.

Back in October, we noted that Jason Perkins—managing partner of Parish Entertainment Group, which operated Place Pigalle in Hayes Valley (with Michael O’Connor), Brick & Mortar Music Hall, and the new Big Rec Taproom (previously La Movida) in the Mission, plus a couple of Oakland spots—was planning something for the former Woodward’s Garden space. Meet ~THE CRAFTY FOX ALE HOUSE~, which Hoodline reports is a partnership between Parish Entertainment Group (Perkins and O’Connor), former Place Pigalle bar manager Barry Smyth, and barkeep Micheal McCloskey.

There are 36 local (and national) beers and 4 Cali wines on tap, plus a bar menu from chef Pedro Villegas (previously Park Tavern), with dishes like lamb tartare, fried pig’s tails, and grilled avocados, plus larger dishes like sausages, a burger, a whole rabbit, and fish and chips. Based on a pic from Urban Daddy, you can see the back room is kind of an alfresco space now, with an open wall facing the street and picnic tables. Open at 4pm for beers, with the kitchen opening at 5pm, until 12am nightly; look for extended hours (weekend brunch and lunch) soon. 1700 Mission St. at Division, 888-477-9288.

We’re still waiting to hear back from the owner with details on the “why,” but Broke-Ass Stuart released the news that quirky-beloved Mission entertainment space ~VIRACOCHA~ is closing, and according to a Facebook post, it’s going to be at the end of July—so catch one of their last performances while you can. 998 Valencia St. at 21st St., 415-374-7048.