In the last tablehopper issue, I broke the news about ~CALIFORNIOS~ moving from its Mission location to SoMa, and now I can share the location because chef-owner Val M. Cantu has the keys to 355 11th Street, the former Bar Agricole. I caught up again with Cantu about the news, and he said he’s thrilled they have been able to retain almost their entire kitchen crew, and will be pushing to be even better in this new location. He mentioned they now have their own molino to grind corn from small farms in Mexico and California (including Tierra Vegetables Farm in Santa Rosa).
Since there’s a spacious patio, Cantu envisions people starting their meal and perhaps having an end-of-meal nightcap out there, while they have the main part of the meal inside (somewhat like Single Thread). Again, he’s hoping to open before the New Year, but time will tell—the permit process is even more glacially slow than usual these days. 355 11th St. at Harrison.
Just wanted to give an update on FIORELLA Inner Sunset—according to a pic on Instagram, their new oven has arrived (it’s a big ‘un!), and now they’re hoping to open in the beginning of 2021 (the permit process was already slow as lava, and now it’s like time stood still). Like I mentioned last November, owner Boris Nemchenok and chef Brandon Gillis are opening this third location in the former Park Chow. Will keep you posted on how it proceeds. 1240 9th Ave. at Lincoln.
Bar Agricole, designed by Aidlin Darling. Photo: © tablehopper.com.