Abueg Morris' rendering of the space. [Photo: Courtesy of Kasa]
Popular Castro fast-Indian spot Kasa is making an expansion play into the former Fourth Wave Coffee space on Polk, which will be their second location (fourth if you count their duo of food trucks; a Marina location closed in 2011). Owner Anamika Khanna tells us that the menu at the Polk location will be much like the original, but with a few seasonal twists: "We're going to do some old-school, very authentic vegetarian dishes that we ate growing up, such as bangan bharta [smoky eggplant and peas], saag paneer, bhindi [okra with pomegranate seeds], and shulgum [sweet and buttery turnips]." They'll have a beer and wine license, and sommelier Mark Bright of Saison will once again consult on their wine offerings.
The 35-seat space will feature a roti-making station in the window, and is centered around a communal table made by woodworker Kyle Austin Dunn, as well as a light fixture made of 20 bronze bells salvaged from India by Khanna's mother. Abueg Morris Architects is responsible for the design, and Khanna says the goal is to be young and fun: "We think there's a real need for delicious food made from scratch...we're excited to add a bright, colorful, energetic food-first restaurant to the street." They've set June 13 as a tentative opening date; follow their website for updates.
· Fourth Wave Coffee Shutters on Polk [~ ESF ~]