Pasha in its heyday. [Photo: Natalia T./Yelp]
The new tenant headed to the former location of Russian Hill's long-lived Pasha and short-lived Cossu has long been an object of speculation. Now, Tablehopper has word that the address will soon be home to Taps, an upscale eatery with, you guessed it, a whole bunch of taps. (In case you're counting, this will be Bay Area beer project #28 for the year.)
Giovanni Toracca is behind the project, which will feature a varied dining set-up, from a 35-seat bar to a secluded chef's table to counter seating and a communal table. All told, the restaurant will seat around 170 and will have a rustic-meets-industrial look and feel.
Chef Michael Lamina (formerly of Leopold's and Cav) will be overseeing the kitchen, where he'll dish out elevated gastropub fare with a meaty focus. A salumi program and five kinds of pâté are in the offing, along with a rotating selection of rotisserie meats (puns!).
True to its name, Taps will have 28 beers on draft, with a focus on local craft breweries as well as more of the bottled stuff, from ciders to sours to international ales. Bigfoot Lodge alum Jesse Ostroski will be managing the bar program, which will feature six seasonally inspired classic cocktails to start, plus eight wines on tap. If all goes well with the permitting gauntlet, Taps is aiming for an October opening.