Back in August, we reported on OLD BUS TAVERN, a chili-and-beer restaurant opening in Bernal. We’ve got an update on the project, which comes from partners Ben Buchanan, Jimmy Simpson, John Zirinsky, and Tim Symes. They’ll be brewing their own beer (from Buchanan and Zirinsky), including a signature lemon basil saison, as well as offering cocktails. They are still in the process of finding a chef, but expect upscale pub food, with a focus on chili.
The 47-seat space is still under construction and was designed by Thomas Pippin of Lifebox Studios (who also did ICHI Sushi) and Sarah Greenwood Design (who happens to be Zirinsky’s mom, cute!). Peek at a rendering right here. The aim is to offer a comfortable, approachable space to the neighborhood, with exposed brewing equipment and dining and drinking areas to suit everyone. Right now, they plan to open in late June. In the meantime, they are also busy raising mad cash for a side project, a chili-and-beer VW bus! 3191 Mission St. at Fair.
The papered-over window at Old Bus Tavern. Photo courtesy Old Bus Tavern.