There are some exciting details about a new restaurant in an executive summary from a conditional use permit hearing to convert a retail space in Laurel Heights to a restaurant. It looks like CHEZ NICO (the name is subject to change) will be opening on Sacramento Street where the Blu clothing store is. Since the space is going to require a conversion from retail to a restaurant, it’s a big buildout; anticipated timing is early 2013. The restaurant operators are Nicolas and Andrea Delaroque; French-born Nicolas has worked at Manresa, Atelier Crenn, and Coi, in addition to some time at the more casual Le Garage in Sausalito and L’Appart in San Anselmo.
The cuisine at Chez Nico will be contemporary Cal-French, featuring local, seasonal, and foraged ingredients and modern cooking techniques. The restaurant will have 40 to 46 seats and a private dining area. The couple additionally plans to apply for a beer and wine license, and have a small rooftop garden. Dinner only to start, Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm. Stand by for more details as things progress. 3228 Sacramento St. at Lyon.
Rendering and current retail shop photo courtesy of Chez Nico.