Great news this morning for Tosca Cafe: strip club magnate Roger Forbes will not, in fact, be the next taker of the decades-old iconic bar, as rumored. The group behind beloved New York staples: Spotted Pig, The Breslin , and John Dory Oyster Bar just signed a 10-year lease to take over. Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield is now the executive chef and co-owner, and the group plans to "preserve the restaurant as Tosca," instead of revamp it all together. So not only are we not losing Tosca, but we get a killer New York restaurant team in North Beach.
The group is known for hearty, upscale pub fare and "one of the best restaurant burgers in New York," which—if they go that route—should make a decent fit, if not a great one. The plan is to give the decor "some much-needed renovations," and they'll be "expanding the dining area" to give Bloomfield's menu the proper spotlight, no doubt. The group is expanding like gangbusters in New York, so the only potential worry here, is that they won't have the bandwidth to give this beauty the attention it deserves. Fingers crossed that they hang onto the iconic neon signage outside. This kind of memorabilia has become quite the trend of late, afterall. More on all of this as it develops.
· New York City group takes over San Francisco's Tosca Cafe [SFBT]
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