It’s like Tales from the Crypt over in the Castro, but really, truly, The Patio space has reopened after being closed since, uh, 1999. (No word if they found some drag queens hiding under the deck.) The Les Natali-owned space has finally been transformed into a location of HAMBURGER MARY’S, which started as a beloved SoMa burger joint in 1972 and has since morphed into a national chain, so don’t expect any groundbreaking culinary magic here. But you can get some nachos, and burgers made with a custom blend from Weber Quality Meats (brisket, short rib, and chuck), and there will be some sassy drag performers to keep things fun. Plus Ru-Paul’s Drag Race screenings, you know it. Check Facebook for updates on what’s going on and who’s servin’ (lewks, shade). Let’s just all be happy that huge space is open once again. That was ridiculous. Hours will expand and brunch is coming, but for now, food is served Sun-Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm; bar until 2am. 531 Castro St. at 18th St.
Over in Mid-Market, LITTLE GRIDDLE has reopened after two years of renovations (which were supposed to take two months). Hoodline shares that the space is back in action and a little lighter and brighter, serving breakfast, brunch, sandwiches, and burgers, and the next-door wine bar, Mavelous Coffee and Wine Bar, is serving Stumptown Coffee and pastries. The two businesses are now one: MAVELOUS COFFEE BAR AND LITTLE GRIDDLE and are also now connected with one entrance. Soft opening hours are 7:30am-3pm. (Mavelous is expected to stay open later into the evening, TBD.) 1400 Market St. at Fell.
And here’s an update on a place I am missing: after Michelin-rated sushi bar KINJO suffered flooding back in October 2017, it looks like they are aiming to reopen by the end of April. The exact date depends on construction, and since it’s raining again, that makes things tough. I’ll keep you updated. 2206 Polk St. at Vallejo, 415-921-2222.
The former Patio Cafe is now Hamburger Mary’s. Photo via Facebook.