Lower Haight brunch standby Kate's Kitchen is getting a nighttime alter ego in the form of Chaparral, a new dinner project from former Mission Beach Cafe executive chef Thomas Martinez. Inside Scoop got wind of the project, which will leave Kate's daytime service of pancakes and breakfast fare largely unchanged, but bring a refined dinner menu to the space from Thursday through Saturday nights (with a possible expansion to other nights if it does well).
Martinez has officially become a partner in Kate's Kitchen, which means that some aesthetic changes are on the way, including a more open kitchen and an updated facade. He envisions Chaparral as a gathering place for locals and industry types looking for more late-night dining options, and plans include a new beer and wine license and a possible rotating schedule of guest chefs.
Haighteration got word of the initial menu plans, which will change every week and have five distinct sections: Sharing ("perfect for two or as an individual app"), Appetizing Raw ("cured, crudo, tartare, salad, fermented, culture, fresh cheese, aged cheese"), Appetizing Warm/Hot ("more substantial apps, including grilled items and soups"), Non Belly Busting Entrees, and Desserts.
Chaparral is expected to launch in mid-October, and hours will be Thursdays from 6-11 pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 6 pm-2 am.
· Kate's Kitchen in the Lower Haight enters a new era, with a new chef and evening endeavor, Chaparral [Inside Scoop]
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