Today Joe Dabit reveals his plans for the former Dim Sum Bar Restaurant on O'Farrel and Leavenworth. Besides owning the nearby Cup-A-Joe for the past twelve years, he also runs the Acme Burgerhaus on Divisadero and Hayes. American restaurants are few and far between in the Tenderloin, so he plans to bring a scaled-up Acme Burgerhaus 2.0 to this address. Much larger than his Nopa plot of land, the space here has room for 49 seats, ten to 15 beers on tap and two big-screen televisions "for sporting events." Dabit and friends are currently building out an "upbeat" decor with lots of woods and earth tones.
The menu will also be expanded with salads, more burgers, vegetarian options and baked potatoes. Dabit likes the Pluto's model, and since the Tenderloin doesn't have much in the way of good salads, he'll have lots of options: tri-tip, chicken, various types of greens and at least seven different other toppings. His team is working on a proprietary veggie burger recipe too, and gluten-free buns from Mariposa Bakery will round out the bread options. "Golden Era is nearby and they have a very loyal following," says Dabit. "I want to give the same vegan and vegetarian customers some options."
What else goes hand-in-hand with this rapidly gentrifying neighborhood? Why, microbrewed beers, of course. Lots of those will be on offer too for the hipsters, tourist and working professionals that now join the crackheads on the street. Expect this Acme Burgerhaus to open up in two months, maybe less.
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