After a six-month hiatus and move, NICO is finally set to reopen in Jackson Square (in the former Black Cat!) in early April. When they reopen, husband-and-wife team chef Nicolas and Andrea Delaroque will begin with weekday lunch service (Tue-Fri) and Saturday dinners, continuing with a modern French style highlighting market-fresh ingredients. There will be prix-fixe menus (either three courses for $38 or two for $32), while dinner will bring a four-course menu for $62, as well as a six-course $75 “carte blanche” menu, if you want a chef’s choice menu.
A new addition will be full liquor, so expect a tight cocktail list from consultant Danielle Peters (Wild Craft Wandering Bar Service). There will be some bar snacks, too, like wild mushroom waffle and Atika cheese. Look for some of the original team to return, from front of house to kitchen team members. They look forward to greeting their former customers. I’ll keep you posted on the opening. 710 Montgomery St. at Washington.
The former Thai Stick (a name that has made me laugh for years) in Pacific Heights/Upper Fillmore has new owners, and The New Fillmore confirms one of the three partners is John Litz, a partner in Lazy Bear. The new project will be fine casual—no tasting menus here—but you can still expect excellent hospitality. They will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a late-night menu, with cocktails. His two chef-partners have reportedly cooked in “Michelin-starred restaurants locally and abroad” but that’s all we know on the food for now. There will also be a redesign, but the long bar will stay—and outdoor seating will be added. Stand by for more details. 2001 Fillmore at Pine.
A rendering of the new Nico location in Jackson Square. Courtesy of Studio BBA.