The ever-popular "contemporary patisserie" Craftsman & Wolves announced today that they will open a second location in Russian Hill. Chef-owner William Werner has also signed on some all-star talent to head up the production across all operations in the form of Angela Pinkerton. Pinkerton comes to the West Coast after six years as the executive pastry chef of New York's Eleven Madison Park, known for its incredibly creative pastry program. Her accolades include a 2011 James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef, an honor that she could potentially share with new boss William Werner. While Pinkerton ultimately plans to open a project of her own, Werner's inventive bakery will serve as a fitting entree into SF's growing pastry scene.
Inside Scoop reports that the new location will open at 1643 Pacific Avenue in the newly completed (and very expensive) mixed use building between Van Ness and Polk, joining neighborhood regulars like Cheese Plus and the Belcampo Meat Company in an area that has been very welcoming to upscale food emporiums. While the space will be smaller than the original, the menu will remain similar. However Pinkerton has already been collaborating with Werner in the kitchen, opening the possibility for some new ideas at their Russian Hill location. Additionally, Pinkerton will be involved with upcoming Werner projects like the Los Angeles location of Craftsman and Wolves, set to open later this summer.
The new shop is slated to open sometime in May; we'll keep you updated as information becomes available.