Was very pleased with the news that Rajat Parr (wine director of the Mina Group) is partnering with a lifelong friend (and chef) from India on a new project, ~THE COMPANY BAR & KITCHEN~. The 5,200-square-foot restaurant will be opening in the former 1930 Shanghai space on Steuart Street; AK Design Network from Los Angeles (Katsuya Hollywood, select Viceroy Hotel Group properties, and The Fat Cow by Gordon Ramsay) is behind the buildout.
When it opens in summer 2013, you can expect a high-energy bar and 130-seat restaurant, with a focus on East Indies-inspired cocktails (say hello to gin and whiskey), Indian small plates (which will be shareable), and, of course, a killer wine list and craft beers. Interesting fact: before becoming the wine expert he is, Parr graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York—which is where he met and became close friends with the future executive chef of The Company (the chef’s identity is currently under wraps). Another factoid: the restaurant takes its name from the nickname for The East India Trading Company. I look forward to seeing this project take shape. 133 Steuart St. at Mission.
Rajat Parr. Photo courtesy of Mina Group.