Roger Lwin is venturing where other restaurateurs have gone and failed before — to the alleged cursed corner of Van Ness and Pacific. Let’s look at the evidence: over the last 30 years the space has seen not one, not two, not three, but 16 concepts flourish and wither away between its walls (keep count, from most recent to least: Million Thai, House of Crawfish and Seafood, Rendezvous Tapas Lounge, Tajine, Heights Ultra Lounge, Hue L’amour, La Joya, Habana, On the Avenue, F.I.G.S., Rocco’s Seafood Grill, Kiki’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar, KiKi’s Paris 1920, Tutto Bene, Sam Duval’s Cafe Royale, Grison’s Chicken House).
Lwin himself has been behind the three most recent, and now he’s giving 2080 Van Ness Ave. another go. The new concept is Hex Bar & Kitchen, a nod to the space’s cursed past, Hoodline reported. Hex will focus on happy hour and late-night dinner with “international” food from chef Nadero Miller. Bartenders will mix drinks tableside to keep an element of clubbiness, which is how Lwin had previously utilized the space. Lwin anticipates an early December opening, at which time Hex will be open Wednesday to Sunday, with brunch following in the spring. Stay tuned for more details, and in the meantime, keep your potions handy.