We've found a taker for the 5,200 square foot space next to Luna Park in the Mission. Vijay Bist, owner of Amber India locations in Mountain View, Santana Row and here in San Francisco will be opening a new Indian concept called Amber Dara, hopefully by Summer of 2011. Dara means "earth" in sanskrit. And that earthy sentiment will be reflected in an "ethnic Indian menu sourced locally as much as possible" and a build out with lots of natural woods. Bist also used words like "creative" and "Californian" to describe the future menu items here, which will fall in the very affordable $5 to $15 range.
Bist tells Eater he's very excited to be in this neighborhood and has promised himself he'll employ 90% of his staff from the Mission. The interior will include a mezzanine level, a lounge and dining area on the ground level with upwards of 150 seats overall. A full liquor license will allow Bist to bring in creative cocktails like the ones he does at his Yerba Buena restaurant. The chef, who goes by the Americanized version of his name, "N. Rao" is apparently something of a prodigy in India. We'll keep you abreast of further details as they unfold. [EaterWire]