As Sons & Daughters co-owner Travis Curtis puts it, "We accidentally opened on Wednesday." So please do take a gander at the freshly minted joint in this gallery here. It's now difficult to picture its predecessor, Cafe Mozart, a sort-of-creepy, 31-year-old French "institution" that happened to predate all three of its new owners. You'll see two more of them here: Teague Moriarity and Matt McNamara, cooking away in the open kitchen. And you can thank Matt's mom, Debbie, for an interior overhaul that might actually get the space somewhere close to its previously proclaimed "most romantic restaurant in San Francisco" status.
But romantic or not, this sort of artistic, modern approach to design and menu is much needed near Union Square. The black and white photography on the walls comes from Hans Gissinger's La Conversation; the tea program includes reserve selections from Chinatown's Red Blossom Tea Company; and the overall environment combines a serious, yet affordable tasting menu (from which you can order a la carte) with the sort of light-heartedly hip atmosphere the under-30 set is so good at creating.
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