Red Hill Station replaces Blue Star Elephant (pictured). [Photo: Kevin Y./Yelp]
Bernal Heights is getting some new-restaurant heat: only two days after neighborhood pop-up Kinfolk announced a move to a permanent spot, we've got word of another upcoming spot in the neighborhood: Red Hill Station, a project from longtime Bernal residents and Anchor Oyster Bar alums Taylor Pederson and Amy Reticker.
The new restaurant will be taking over from Thai spot Blue Star Elephant, which will shutter at the end of this month. Named for the Bernal neighborhood's nickname of 'Red Hill', the new spot will be seafood-focused, with a raw bar (think oysters and clams) plus a rotating menu of seasonal, California-style cuisine. Pederson will helm the kitchen, and hopes to focus on sustainably-sourced seafood.
The new space will also serve as a fish market of sorts. Reticker, who'll be running the front-of-house operations, says they hope to open at 4pm daily with an offering of market fish so that people can drop in, learn cooking tips from the seafood pros and take home something to prepare for dinner themselves.
It's all part of a neighborhood-friendly focus that the pair hope to cultivate. Their menu is designed to appeal to everyone, including kids, carnivores, and vegetarians, and they'll be pouring beer and wine as well. Brunch plans are also in the works, but for now the pair are working on a soon-to-launch Kickstarter campaign to get things going, with a late May/early June opening date in mind.