These are definitely interesting times in San Francisco. A star tablehopper reader (love ya, Luke!) has been updating me on things happening at SOUTH PARK CAFE, which closed last year after 32 years (I miss you, pig salad!), and would you believe a credit card startup, Brex, has reopened the restaurant? Brex has been valued at, uh, $2.6 billion with a B, and opened a members-only lounge above the restaurant earlier this year (dubbed the “Oval Room”). And now Business Insider reports Brex’s 20-something co-CEOs Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi decided to renovate and reopen the beloved bistro, which is open to everyone. (The article has pics of the updated space.)
Chef Peter Mosqueda was previously on the food team at Stripe for the past four years, so he’s no stranger to the intersection of credit and cuisine. Dishes are reportedly on the simpler side, like cured trout with olive oil, chives, and capers with crème fraîche; arugula and farro salad; gluten-free fried chicken with collard greens and a summer corn relish; lamb meatballs; chorizo and mussels; and koji-rubbed steak with brandied mushrooms. They are also open for coffee/espresso service in the morning, serving Four Barrel Coffee (interesting choice).
Hours for now are Mon-Fri 8am-2:30pm for coffee, 12pm-2:30pm for lunch, and they tell me dinner is coming soon. 108 S. Park St. at Jack London Alley.
The former South Park Cafe. Photo via Facebook.