Coming to Treasure Island’s Great Lawn this fall is MERSEA from chef Parke Ulrich (Waterbar, EPIC Steak) and co-founder MeeSun Boice. The menu will be “elevated comfort casual” and span a range of cuisines, from pozole verde to clam chowder to a pork roll and egg sandwich with kimchi, aioli, and arugula, plus a double-stacked Wagyu cheeseburger and a tuna melt.
I am so happy to see they are partnering with the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative and member organizations Toolworks and Bakeworks, providing job training and opportunities for low-income and formerly homeless individuals. (You’ll see some breakfast pastries by Bakeworks on the menu.)
The entire restaurant is made out of recycled shipping containers (it’s created by Mavrik Studio). There will be some pretty stunning views from the spacious patio—actually from anywhere you sit, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. The name is Old English for “island oasis.”
Meanwhile, I noticed an ABC license transfer for our beloved CITY BEER STORE, which is moving to the former The Coachman space in SoMa (Charles Phan’s late-night restaurant). I reached out to the owners for more details, but it has since been confirmed that it’s true, and they’re going to be adding more of a food component to their business (TBD on what that is for now). The move is a good one since not only were they running out of room, but their rent was raised and finances got tough, so now they’ll have more space for their extensive retail selection and more. No word on when the 1168 Folsom Street location is closing, and the target is spring 2018 for the new spot, hopefully in time for their 12th birthday. 1148 Mission St. at 8th St.
Chef Parke Ulrich.