[Photo: Melissa Roska]
Construction is humming again at the 7000-square-foot Cafe Des Amis space from the Bacchus Management Group. As you'll see in the gallery above, it's looking like some fairly intense work and there's been some significant progress since our last photo journey. A posh new glossy paint job spiffs up the outside; vintage-inspired ceiling tiles and globe lighting have fallen into place inside.
Concurrently new intel on the cheffage and menu has been revealed. Yesterday's Inside Scoop reported Justin Deering, the former chef of the now-shuttered Conduit, will be the chef de cuisine, executing a brasserie-style menu overseen by Ed Carew and Gordon Drysdale. According to Eater sources, the concept will center on classically rustic French dishes like a pot-au-feu, executed with precision using tools like sous vide and a Combi oven. Local, organic ingredients will, of course, be implemented, but we're assured they're not going for the same shtick as everyone else. The wine list will be curated by Skye LaTorre to include mostly French varietals and there's a big beer program in-the-works as they'd like the bar scene to be a lively one. Architect Steven Brady, who has created Bacchus' other interiors (The Village Pub, Spruce), will design the space. The team is hoping for a late July or early August opening. [EaterWire]
· Just Endearing: Justin Deering Signs On at Cafe Des Amis [SFGate]
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