[Photos: Patricia Chang]
Sons & Daughters and Sweet Woodruff duo Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara have completed their revamp of the former Bottle Cap/Washington Square Bar & Grill space in North Beach, and will officially open The Square to the public Saturday evening. Intended for casual dining, The Square is right in the middle of their two other restaurants: it's a more laid-back affair than Michelin-starred Sons & Daughters, but not a takeout joint like Sweet Woodruff. Neighborhood-friendly hangouts are aided by a simple 90-seat layout, copper bar and botanically-themed artwork—the design comes courtesy of McNamara's mom, Debbie. (Cue the awwwws.)
The menu features creative takes on classic flavors, like oysters on the half shell with long pepper mignonette, pastrami-spiced rillettes on caraway toast with mustard, and a simple cheddar cheeseburger with fries. Heartier entrees include fried quail with sunchokes and gravy, roasted whole Dungeness crab, and a full rack of baby back ribs with polenta. For dessert, look for a baked-to-order rhubarb and pistachio galette, plus a cheese plate and rum baba with lemon curd, yogurt and oats. (See the full dinner menu here.)
Amy Racine, who also manages wine at Sons & Daughters, has developed a 65-bottle wine list to pair with the relaxed fare, as well as a handful of beers by the bottle and on draft. The final cocktail menu is still in the works, but will include a chamomile-infused French 75 and a take on a 7&7 with Scotch and geranium soda. North Beachers will be happy to learn that they've got a new late-night option in their pocket: The Square is open from 5pm-1am Wednesday-Sunday, starting Saturday, and a third of the space is always reserved for walk-ins, helpful for snagging a last-minute table.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that The Square would open to the public on Friday. It officially opens on Saturday, March 1.