Some quick updates on future projects: Eater reported that the upcoming project from Liholiho Yacht Club’s Ravi Kapur and Jeff Hanak and chef David Golovin (Nopa, Spruce, Rubicon, La Folie) will be called DEAR INGA, an homage to Golovin’s grandmother. As I previously mentioned, there will be Eastern European influences (think preservation/fermentation and slow smoking); Kapur and Hanak have been traveling in Georgia for menu research (there will be Georgian wines as well), so yay to all of that. They’re aiming for a September opening in the former Farina space—Seth Boor (Boor Projects) is behind the redesign. 3560 18th St. at Guerrero.
It looks like FOXSISTER on 24th Street, the Korean-inspired drinking den from chef-owner Brandon Kirksey, is going to be morphing into GREAT GOLD, a “modern, American-Italian, wine-focused, neighborhood restaurant.” According to their Poached ad, “Great Gold will offer all of the red sauce-style Italian American comfort classics. All pasta is made fresh daily, all produce is sourced from local farmers, and meats are sourced consciously and sustainably. This is a farm-to-table restaurant showcasing our love for old-school, Italian-American food with a modern twist, as well as beautiful Italian wines.” I reached out to Kirksey for more, but he’s not ready to talk details yet. He previously worked at Flour + Water, so we can assume he has some pasta skills. The ad mentions an August opening—not sure when they are closing Foxsister for renovations, but they already have red booths, so there’s that. Stand by for more details soon. 3161 24th St. at Shotwell.
Taking over the former Coffee Bar space in the Mission will be ERNEST, a project from Brandon Rice, most recently chef de cuisine of Rich Table. He’s aiming to open in the two-level space in January 2020—downstairs will be a nine-seat bar, while the main dining room will be upstairs, with a raw bar, open kitchen, and a wood-fired hearth.
Look for his love of Asian ingredients and his Southern upbringing to be present on the menu, as well as the option for communal meals. His trademark beef tartare will be served with sushi rice, ikura, and toasted nori, meant to be eaten like a DIY hand roll. His Southern roots will show up in the aged Liberty Farm duck with KC BBQ sauce, cornbread, and B&B pickles. He will also offer seasonal fried rice, and bread from the hearth (almost like paratha) with house-cultured butter and dips. Charles Hemminger (State Bird, Cala, Tartine Manufactory) is redesigning the industrial space, which will also gain a private dining room. 1890 Bryant St. at Mariposa.
I was happy to see BEIT RIMA’s post about opening a second location in another one of their family’s Burgermeister locations, this time in Cole Valley. Eater added some details: Samir Mogannam’s father, Paul Mogannam, will be closing the 20-year-old burger spot at the end of July, and they hope to open in September (and retain as much staff as possible). Cole Valley, you have some awesome Arabic comfort food coming your way. 86 Carl St. at Cole.
Jeff Hanak, David Golovin, and Ravi Kapur are partnering on a new restaurant in the former Farina space. Photo courtesy of LYCSF.