Big-time demolition is happening over at the former Hukilau space on Masonic and Geary, as the new owners Miles Palliser and Ezra Berman (also of 330 Ritch) move towards opening a restaurant and bar called The Corner Store. Inspired by the community created in the American general stores and corner stores of simpler times, Clint Miller and The Popular Workshop are conspiring to create "a really light, fresh look." As needed, they've stripped everything down inside, to build out new walls, install new plumbing, etc. Just about the only thing they're keeping is a cool vintage walk-in fridge that happens to fit right in with their new classic America shtick. As far as the rest of the decor goes, form will follow function. A long bar, open kitchen, and large outdoor patio will be the major focal points.
Former Salt House sous chef Nick Adams will be the executive chef here, creating a classic American menu based on "ideas and flavors that we remember from our childhoods." Of course it goes without saying that local, sustainable ingredients will be used whenever possible. Prices will be kept approachable to cater to everyone in the neighborhood.
Former 25 Lusk and Foreign Cinema barman Hans Hinrichs will helm a full bar, offering classic cocktails and "many soda fountain inspired drinks." The Corner Store hopes to open as soon as possible, probably some time this summer.