Phone: (415) 864-2454
Status: Opening today
As of today, Market Street chicken outpost Proposition Chicken is officially in business. The project springs from a partnership between former Luella chef Ben de Vries and the owners of Hayes Valley carnival restaurant Straw, who've set up shop in the former Yum space on Market at Valencia.
The concept behind the shop is clear: chicken, chicken, and more (tofu) chicken. With a voting theme (the restaurant's logo is a chicken with a ballot arrow), co-owner Ari Feingold says that choice is a major component of Proposition C's appeal, and that means electing a preferred chicken preparation: fried, flipped (rotisserie) or fake (crispy tofu). Next come the three serving options: sandwich, salad or entree. Sandwiches come on a hoagie roll with homemade mayo, spicy slaw, and chips; salads have kale, cherry tomatoes, minced cucumber, mint, and agrumato lemon vinaigrette; and entrees come with spicy slaw and a buttermilk biscuit with honey butter. Additional sides include brown-sugar brussels sprouts, matzo-ball soup and a selection of chicken wings, and a Guittard chocolate egg pop is on the menu for dessert. (Here's the full menu.)
The restaurant's interior sports red metal stools, chicken-inspired photography and a nine-foot chicken-shaped neon sign, should you forget exactly what you're here for. A large ballot-themed manifesto details the restaurant's essential principles. (For: the right to choose. Against: restaurants that don't accept credit cards but charge you to use their ATM.) Mark Prop Chicken down as a much-needed late-night nosh spot: it'll be open from 11 am-9 pm Sunday-Thursday, and will stay open until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays to accomodate hungry night owls. A beer and wine license is currently in the works.
· Proposition Chicken, From Straw Team, Coming to Market [~ ESF ~]
· All Opening Alerts [~ ESF ~]