As you know, it's shutter time again at 598 Guerrero, though we've recently learned of the brave and promising fresh leasee, Bill Clarke of Mission Beach Cafe (MBC) fame. He's clearly on to something with the bucket-size, mimosa-fueled brunches and reliable, farm-fresh fare at his existing spot, which even survived a flurry of Top Chef Ryan Scott-related drama. So we're crossing our fingers that his new concept will be just what the Drolopas brother ownership ordered.
Although Clarke's new concept is still in the infantile stages, there's talk of a slightly more seafood- and vegetable-oriented version of what he's already doing. Partner and pastry chef Alan Carter will branch out with plated desserts instead of the pie and pastry program currently at MBC. And Michael Brennan, who also designed Mission Beach, has been tasked with creating a "strong design aesthetic" that reflects the Mission neighborhood. The old Ebb & Flow does look quite a lot like the well-sunlit Mission Beach Cafe corner slot, so it will be interesting to see how similar or different this ends up. Build-out hasn't begun yet, but they are hoping to open in four months or so. Chef Trevor Ogden, who came on at MBC several months ago, will probably oversee the kitchen operations at both restaurants.
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