Plant It Earth, pre-renovation. [Photo: Google Street View]
Though it initially looked like the makeover (and the re-permitting hellscape) for La Urbana would take longer, the owners told Inside Scoop that they're now targeting a July opening for the latest offering in Divisadero gentrification. The 3,600-square-foot former Plant It Earth space will actually be three concepts in one: an 85-seat Mexican restaurant, a 10-12 seat mezcaleria with 40-50 bottles of the good stuff, and Mercado Urbano, a taco shop by day and lounge by night (which won't open until the fall, unlike the other two parts).
The owners are Alessandra Bonisoli (also the operations manager), entrepreneur Eduardo Rallo, and Juan Garduño, who runs Mexican architecture firm Garduño Arquitectos and will be designing the space. He's using lots of high-end antique and modern design components that he shipped in from south of the border, in an attempt to make the space look like a trendy spot in Mexico City.
· Let's talk about La Urbana, coming to Divisadero this summer [Inside Scoop]
· La Urbana Coming to Divis [~ ESF ~]