We just got news that North Beach is getting a new café, and it looks like an especially cute one! BEACON COFFEE & PANTRY is ready to open at 805 Columbus Avenue this fall. The project comes from Alexis Liu and Christian Chan, a pair of cousins with a colorful background in design. Liu, who is from San Francisco but only recently moved back from New York to get Beacon up and running, worked for Ralph Lauren Home and Comme de Garçons, while Chan was in real estate and architecture.
The space is about 1,000 square feet, with 12-foot ceilings. It is designed in one open space, but features two distinct components: the café and the pantry. The café will have coffee from Sightglass and baked goods of both the savory and sweet variety. The pantry component will feature specialty, grocery-type items, like pastas, grains, candy, chocolates, preserves, and snacks, most of them from local producers. They are aiming for a mid- to late-October opening, hopefully close to the 15th. In the meantime, they are still working on the space, including planting an indoor succulent wall with more than 1,300 plants. They want the space to inspire creativity and will feature a “Beacon Spotlight” in the storefront, with rotating local artists. You can check for updates on their opening, as well as follow the progress on their construction, on their Facebook page. They’ll be open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, and Sat-Sun 8am-7pm. 805 Columbus Ave. at Mason, 415-814-2551.
The Beacon space, under construction. Photo courtesy Beacon Coffee & Pantry.