Opening tonight in the former El Rincon space is DEAR MOM, from two Thieves Tavern bartenders, Oliver Piazza and Jay Beaman, working with Thieves owner Paul Bavaro. And today’s opening is a close one: just this morning there was a fire next door, but fortunately everyone is okay (the boys came into the burning studio with their freshly charged fire extinguisher tanks—way to go, guys!).
As previously mentioned in tablehopper, they’re partnering with Laurent Katgely of nearby Chez Spencer, who is helping them with an affordable, all-day, and rotating menu of dishes like baked farfalle with four cheeses, and daily specials ranging from braised lamb cheeks on Mondays to bouillabaisse on Fridays. Even though it sounds “nice,” everything will be priced at $19 and under. The plan is for a casual bar menu—kind of like 15 Romolo—that doesn’t necessarily make it a food destination per se, but more of a fun and friendly bar destination where you can eat. They also hope to offer a “bartender brunch” on Sundays, with brunch items available from 11am-11pm, so no matter what time you roll out of bed, you can still get your brunch on. How civilized.
There will be a whiskey-focused list (they plan on having 80 bourbons, 20 ryes), plus 20 Scotches, and some tequila. Since they literally just got their liquor license, the opening tonight will have some canned beer and a whiskey or two, but look for the shelves to get more stocked up and the beer taps to get going as the week progresses. Hours will be Sun-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1:30am. 2700 16th St. at Harrison, 415-625-3362.
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