Back in May, I mentioned a Cajun restaurant was coming to the Mission from Popsons Burgers and Causwells restaurant founder-CEO Alvin Garcia and chef-partner Adam Rosenblum, and we’re excited to be the first to announce the name: ALBA RAY’S. The name is a combination of Rosenblum’s daughter’s first name, Alba, and Ray is Garcia’s son Noah’s middle name.
There are also some new folks on the team, including sous chef Matthew Russell Woods (previously executive chef of Schmidt’s in San Francisco, and former sous chef of Bacchanal Wine in New Orleans)—he will eventually ramp up to chef de cuisine. And to recap, exec chef Rosenblum worked for James Beard Award-winning chef Donald Link at Herbsaint in New Orleans. The GM is Scott Christopher, previously a manager at House of Prime Rib.
The menu will include New Orleans classics like boudin balls with pickled peppers and Creole mustard, frog legs sauce piquant, shrimp and grits, seasonal crawfish boils, and sweets like upside-down bananas Foster cake and cinnamon roll bread pudding with rum sauce. Oh my.
They are planning to open Alba Ray’s in early January in the space formerly occupied by Hapa Ramen. 2293 Mission St. at 19th St.