Big announcement from Bacchus Management Group (The Village Pub, Spruce, Selby’s, Pizza Antica)—they’re launching a trio of restaurants in Potrero Hill in early 2023: a modern donut shop (Magic Donuts & Coffee), an old-fashioned burger and shake shop (Louie’s Original), and an Italian restaurant (La Connessa). They’re opening on the ground level of Mason on Mariposa, a luxury residential development.
Left Coast Design Studio and S.B. Brady Design will be handling the interior design. LA CONNESSA (1695 Mariposa St.) will feature an 86-seat dining room and a 16-seat bar, designed as a modern take on the classic trattoria. LOUIE’S ORIGINAL (1685 Mariposa St.) will feature two burgers: The Park (named after nearby Jackson Park) and the Big Sister Burger, aka the Spruce Burger. There will also be a fried chicken sandwich and vegetarian sandwich, two types of fries, and onion rings, plus classic milkshakes and soft-serve custard cones. There will be 12 counter seats and 17 table seats, with takeout and delivery. MAGIC DONUTS & COFFEE (1675 Mariposa St.) will specialize in brioche and cake doughnuts, plus doughnut holes and coffee drinks made with Bacchus’ own Roast Co. beans. Stand by for updates in coming months.
I’ve been seeing some ads for the soon-to-open AFICI from the Alexander’s Steakhouse team, opening in the former ALX Gastropub. Chef Eric Upper’s menu is a four-course prix-fixe for $125 (plus supplements, of course), spanning Italian and French influences, with housemade charcuterie, pastas (like casoncelli with pistachio purée, cherry, and confit wagyu), and whole-animal practices—you can take a look at some dishes on their Instagram account. It’s due to open on September 24th. 680 Folsom St. at Hawthorne.
I’ve had a couple folks ask me what’s going into the former Namu Stonepot that’s kitty corner to Dolores Park, and What Now SF reports it’s going to be another location of BANDIT, known for their siiick breakfast sandwiches (and burgers). I reached out about timing and if they were still going to open in Dogpatch (in the former Glena’s) but I haven’t heard back. 499 Dolores St. at 18th St.
Coming to the former Castro Republic space (it will always be the old Bagdad Café to me, what fun memories) is LOS AMIGOS, a second location of the Mission Salvadoran restaurant (located at 530 Valencia). Look for an early October opening. [Via Hoodline.] 2295 Market St. at Noe.
I was happy to read in SFGate that the longtime COLOMBO’S DELICATESSEN in Pacifica (since 1986!) is opening in South Park’s The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, with plans to start takeout and delivery this fall. I love that they have family ties to the great Woodside Deli (I grew up on Dan Gallinetti’s godfather sandwiches, and am pleased to see Colombo offers one that looks about the same!). 1 South Park Ave., Suite 103A, at 2nd St.
A rendering of the upcoming La Connessa from Bacchus Management Group.