We gave you Six Big Deal Restaurants to Watch last week. As promised, here are the neighborhood gamechangers to look out for as 2011 nears its end. Feel free to add any promising projects coming to your neck of the woods.
1) Hayes Valley
Where: Biergarten at the Proxy Project
The Situation: Suppenküche owner Aaron Hulme is about to unleash a "restaurant with the roof ripped off" and six rotating draft beers at the Proxy project. If this doen't change things for the dining and drinking scene in Hayes Valley, we don't know what will.
Projected Opening: In October, permits pending
Where: Brown Sugar Kitchen and Limon Rotisserie at the 5800 Third Street Development
The Situation: Before Fresh & Easy opened on its desolate stretch of the Third Street Corridor, people in the neighborhood were driving to Fisherman's Wharf to get groceries, so you can imagine what the state of restaurants is like out there. The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency has partnered with The City to open second outposts of two popular Bay Area restaurants in this new condo development to help kindle the neighborhood's move in a new direction.
Projected Opening: In October or early November, permits pending
3) The Marina
Where: Umami Burger Union, 2184 Union Street
The Situation: The interwebs and local burger freaks are all buzzing about the first SF outpost of LA-based Umami Burger. With truffled fries, a truffled burger option, "umami powder," and a "U" logo stamped into every bun, it's a little more over-the-top than what we're used to in farm-to-table SF. But owner Adam Fleishman is taking care to source things locally for this outpost, so it's certain to change the local burger game in one way or another.
Projected Opening: This Friday, October 7
Where: Haven at Jack London Market
The Situation: After an extended delay, the partners invested in the Jack London Market have refinanced the project, and Daniel Patterson's headlining restaurant concept, Haven, is moving forward. With chef Kim Alter and cocktail master Scott Beattie on board, there's no denying the project looks like a heavy hitter at the early going. And since D-Patt is now in motion, other adjacent Jack London Market projects like Bar Bambino's Mia Filino offshoot and the slew of promised produce vendors, butchers and specialty vendors are more likely to follow suit and finalize deals.
Projected Opening: December
5) Mission Gulch
Where: Central Kitchen/Salumeria, 3000 20th St.
The Situation: A restaurant and an upscale daytime delicatessen from the Flour + Water team will join The Parlour by Humphry Slocombe, and the Bon Vivants' Trick Dog around an "all season, all weather" enclosed courtyard on 20th Street. The group behind the project also won a 100K grant to spend on improvements to Florida St.: a parklet, new sidewalks, bike parking, plant beds and new trees.
Projected Opening: Early 2012
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