The Eater Plywood watchings don't usually stray down to the Peninsula, but you'd better believe that reports of maritime restaurants always warrant a mention. Sometime during the month, Eileen Long, owner of Martin Macks on Haight, will open a restaurant on a boat called The Sherman. The Sherman, née the General Frank M. Coxe, was built in 1922 as an army transport vessel. Since it retired in 1947, it has been home to seven restaurants while moored in the East Bay, most recently a Thai restaurant called Pattaya Princess that shuttered in 1990. But now, 17 years later, the Longs have rejuvenated both the craft and the eponymous restaurant within:
Now, after extensive renovations, they are set to reopen the 150-foot craft, which they renamed The Sherman in honor of its former owner, as a casual fine-dining restaurant. Though the boat has housed several restaurants in the past, it has not had a tenant for nearly 20 years.The Sherman will have two levels of seating, with four separate bars. The dining room will seat 300+, in addition to 200 more seats available on the deck when weather allows. The Longs are hoping to open within the next couple weeks, with final inspections being the only barrier.
Long hired Ron Cohen, formerly of the Plumed Horse in Saratoga, as executive chef. Cohen, who will cure his own bacon and duck prosciutto in the galley, plans to serve American food with a focus on seasonal and sustainably farmed produce.
· 1920s steamship ready to reopen as restaurant [SMCT]