When restaurant fixture Masa's shuttered a year ago, it took three decades of fine-dining history along with it. Now, Sachin Chopra of San Mateo's Michelin-starred All Spice hopes to revive the space with Game, a new concept focused on game meats like bison, pheasant and guinea hen, plus line-caught fish and other menu items that stick to the back-to-the-wild theme.
Chopra and his wife Shoshanna Wolff have signed the lease to take over the empty space on Bush Street between Powell and Stockton, and they don't have too many structural changes planned for the 60-seat dining room. In the kitchen will be Zack Freitas, who will move over from his post as chef de cuisine at All Spice to assume the opening chef role at Game, and who has previously worked at spots like Zare at Fly Trap, Commis and Manresa.
The new restaurant will inherit some beverage perks from its former incarnation: not only will an existing Type 47 liquor license allow for a full liquor and cocktail offering, but the wine collection amassed by Masa's will transfer over, too. And in the absence of a substantial buildout, Game will open as soon as the liquor license transfer is complete, which means that the new spot could debut as early as late spring or early summer.