Stock in Trade, the new Marina tavern from the masterminds behind R Bar and the Wreck Room, sent word that they'll be opening up for drinks at 9 pm this coming Monday, February 11, with full food service to follow the next day. Co-owner Tod Alsman tells us that he's aiming for a "comfortable, approachable neighborhood place," with a good drink selection, pub grub, and an indoor bocce court. The former La Barca space is one of the Marina's largest, seating 140 with room for another 30 in a private-dining area, which should make it popular with groups.
The menu is by chef Jake Kwan-Rosenbush, who honed his skills at Gary Danko before earning his pub-grub bonafides at Naked Lunch and 15 Romolo. Max DiMare of Wood Tavern is also on board as consulting chef, and will help in the kitchen in the early going. The menu includes eclectic shared plates like Korean grilled chicken salad, sausage mac & cheese, a crab and shrimp Louie jar, and bacon poutine. There are five entrees: roasted chicken, salmon, a skirt steak, a burger, and a country pork chop. Desserts include a "super carny funnel cake" with blood orange-rum caramel and a bacon-crusted peanut-butter ice-cream sandwich. Apparently the Marina is late to the party on being over bacon.
On the drinks side of things, Stock in Trade has a full bar, though Alsman says they're planning to keep cocktails simple for the Marina crowd, with no mixology touches. The 12 drafts mix standards with a few local breweries' wares, including 21st Amendment, North Coast, and Drake's. The wine list will feature 40 bottles, 8 draft wines, and 12 or so wines by the glass, focusing primarily on West Coast selections.
The masculine space was designed by Gi Paoletti (St. Vincent, Per Diem), and features a big U-shaped bar that seats 40, chandeliers, and ample flat-screen TVs. The neighborhood bro set will likely be crazy for the bocce court, which, as we previously reported, is half regulation size and smack in the middle of the dining room. Alsman says it'll be free to play, and drinkers will be expected to sign up on a chalkboard and take turns, pool table-style. Private parties can also buy exclusive access to the court.
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