It took several years, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and a lot of luck, but Trish Tracey has finally found a home for her first solo SF project, Myriad Gastro Pub. Tracey, a Johnson and Wales grad who's cooked at the likes of ThirstyBear, Momo's, and Roti over the course of her 25-year career, had her restaurant hopes derailed for three years when she had to move home to New Jersey to care for her terminally ill mother, but now she's back in business in the Bay Area, taking over the recently closed Nombe space in the Mission.
As the name implies, Myriad will serve "relaxed, warm, friendly, fun" food, with lots of bold flavors and shareable plates designed to pair well with drinks. Tracey is planning an approachable, seasonal menu with influences from her long cooking career, from Spanish-style deviled eggs with salsa verde and pimenton to updated potato skins with aged cheddar and pork belly. She plans to have an extensive selection of craft beer and wine, as well as soju cocktails, sake, sherry, and Madeira. And she'll also have another pro on desserts: her former colleague and friend Melissa Roberts, the pastry chef at nearby Tartine Bakery, will be consulting on sweets.
Tracey is still waiting for the liquor license to go through, a process that could stretch into the spring; until it does, Nombe's owners, Gil Payne and Mari Takahashi, will continue to offer cooking classes in the now-closed restaurant. Once everything is lined up, Tracey plans a quick interior refresh to an earth-toned color palate, with wood accents. The finished restaurant will seat 70-75, and will retain Nombe's bifurcated design, with a wall between the bar and dining room. If all goes well, expect Myriad to arrive in June.