The Red Vic, pre-renovation. [Photo: Andrew Dudley/Haighteration]
Uppercasing brings us an update on Second Act Marketplace & Events, the small culinary market and events space that's intended to be the, er, second act for the former Red Vic Movie House. Followers of the project will recall that the former lobby will become an expansion of the Alembic, while the remainder will become a 49-seat events space and a grouping of four market stalls, similar to the 331 Cortland marketplace in Bernal Heights.
Owners Jack and Betsy Rix blame the ever-frustrating San Francisco bureaucracy for the delays in the project, which had originally been targeting late 2012. Demolition already occurred, and the construction permit just went through, which means building should start soon. (The Alembic's kitchen is likely to have to close for at least some of that time; we'll keep you posted on the exact details.)
As previously announced, the four tenants currently booked for the stalls are RAW, a juice bar from former bartender Elyse Thogerson; High Cotton, which will serve New Orleans-influenced hot lunches and dinners to go; Lali's, a Georgian (as in the country) restaurant; and Spice Hound, a spice purveyor. The owners are currently looking to source an upstart baker to fill the fifth and final spot, as original tenant Picnic Bakery appears to have dropped out; interested parties can e-mail Betsy Rix.
· Red Vic Progress Report [Uppercasing]
· Red Vic Vendors Announced [~ ESF ~]
· Red Vic to Become Events Center and Community Marketplace [~ ESF ~]