Since Tenderloin coffee shop Little Bird shuttered in October, people have been wondering if the owner would reopen at this address with something new. Last night, Eater operatives learned that the rumors were true. Jeff Pytel, bartender at next door Whiskey Thieves (839 Geary St.) passed on word that he's working with former Little Bird employee Sam Enciso to turn the space into a late night eatery called Quick Fix. The menu focuses heavily on items from Ryan Farr's 4505 Meats: chicharones, and about five different footlongs and sausages served on fresh Acme buns. Pytel is from Texas and he's also got his homemade chili in the rotation by the cup/bowl, or poured into Frito pie and the "ultimate chili dog."
For now, the space is pretty bare bones, as the boys are firmly entrenched in soft launch mode. Pytel is in the process of dressing things up with rotating local art work, and they're working on a beer and wine license. Eventually, Quick Fix plans to add "late night dim sum" and more options like cubans, tuna melts, meatball subs, rice bowls, vegetarian bites, and even brunch. The owners are also encouraging folks to order food and get it delivered to Whiskey Thieves next door, "like a Rosamunde/Toronado concept," says Pytel.
For now, Quick Fix opens daily at 5 p.m. and stays open until 10 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, 11 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Expect everything to be running full force some time in February. Here's how the menu was looking as of last night:
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