This past weekend, while I was cruising around town, I had a chance to visit the new THE GROVE YERBA BUENA, which opened in the former Vino Venue space on Mission Street. The space has been radically transformed by Anna Veyna Design LLC, working in cooperation with Macy Architecture: there is room for 148, with a spacious mezzanine, and quite the reclaimed interior, from the floor from an Amish barn to the towering trunks and branches of three spruce and two pine trees brought in from the Grand Canyon and Utah. It has that Grove “salvaged alpine lodge” style, with a variety of seating options, from tables and chairs to church pews, stools from a 1933 Woolworth’s, and old theater seats. Another 35 seats will be added outside in a month or so.
The menu is similar to the other Grove locations, and is from consultant Jeffrey Saad (he was behind Sweet Heat, for those of you who were around here in the ’90s). Wi-Fi is available with food and/or beverage purchase (a $5 purchase gets you 30 minutes, while $10 gets you an hour). Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, and Sat-Sun 8am-11pm. 690 Mission St. at 3rd St., 415-957-0558.
Note: The next Grove location will be in Hayes Valley, at the corner of Hayes and Franklin. It should be opening in June.