233 14th St., Mission
Phone: (415) 525-4175
The Mission has a casual new lunch and drinking spot in Mission Public, which opened last week. Spearheaded by Anthony Shuton, a corporate graphic artist who wanted to escape cubicle life, it was originally destined to be beneath the nearby Hotel Mirabelle, but after that space went out of play, Shuton found an alternative in the former Om Shan Tea, whose owner famously went out of business after being arrested on drug charges.
It took a lot of renovation to get the 46-seat space, which came to Shuton as "a dirty yellow box," up to snuff, but the results are chic and comfortable, with wood-paneled walls, handmade tables and benches, cool light fixtures, and a rotating display of art from Mission nonprofit Creativity Explored. The plan is for the space to be open morning to night, but at the moment, it's just open for breakfast and lunch.
Shuton brought on private chef John Carlos Davila as a consultant, and together, the two developed a menu that offers quick, reasonably priced cafe fare for locals. Mornings currently feature De La Paz coffee, Black Jet Baking pastries, and biscotti from Saint & Olive; egg dishes are coming soon. In the afternoon, simple sandwiches take the stage, with bread from nearby Panorama, Boar's Head meats and cheeses, and hot dogs sourced from Schwartz's, around the block. Once evening hours kick in, Shuton will also offer vegetable plates, charcuterie, and other small bites to pair with drinks. Here's a sample lunch menu (it changes daily).
As for the drinks themselves, Mission Public's beer and wine license is about a month out, as they wait on a change-of-use permit from the city. Once they have it, Shuton plans to offer four drafts and several bottles of local beer, as well as two types of draft wine from Green Barrel. He'll also have an all-California wine program, by the glass and bottle. Hours are currently Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-3 pm, with plans to stay open until 11 pm on weeknights and open for weekend brunch once the beer and wine license kicks in.
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