Since opening over two years ago on O'Farrell Street just off Fillmore, Fat Angel wine bar has grown with the neighborhood, slowly morphing into a safe place for beer geeks and wine lovers in the Lower Fillmore. Now that the ball is very much rolling, the owners, Jason Kirmse and Cyrick Hia, are ready to get going on a new nearby project, City Grange. In partnership with Kirmse's wife Kate Baron, they've taken over the long vacant space you see above, right across the street from Yoshi's. In a word, you could say City Grange will be multi-faceted.
Designer Wylie Price will design the 2600-square-foot foot print to incorporate a permanent breakfast and lunch "eatery," and a private/pop-up event space that doubles as seating for the eatery during the day time. The back of the space will incorporate a rentable production kitchen. In the front, there will also be a market full of local products like Straus milk, Acme bread, locally farmed eggs and a substantial number of shelved products developed in-house. Take-out dinner items like soup, roast chickens, and stocks will also be available. Now take a moment to look at the indented area on the left in the picture above. Here, an outdoor seating "deck" of sorts will be built out, providing additional seating for all of the above.
As of now, the team still needs to sit down with Price to hammer out their creative ideas for putting the interior together. Naturally, the menu is also a work in progress. Expect many more updates on City Grange as an opening around February of next year approaches. Add in Hapa Ramen's permanent location opening in the next couple months, and State Bird Provisions' The Progress en route, and Lower Fillmore will feel considerably different by the end of next year.