After years of cooking out of commissary kitchens and roaming the streets of San Francisco in a food truck, Fine & Rare has finally found a home in the kitchen of the former Stars space. Once the home to Jeremiah Tower's glamorous '80s hotspot (and most recently the short-lived Maestro), the majority of the space is taken up by The Empire Room, a "multi-purpose entertainment venue" with a distinctly clubby vibe and "bespoke cocktail bar."
Their new home will be an adjoining 35-seat dining room offering the self-described "Northern California comfort food" of owners Scott Peterson and Ted Wilson. The duo also co-founded The Hall, the mid-Market food hall where they've operated a temporary stall of their own for the past couple years. Now that they've procured a permanent location (or at least semi-permanent, since the entire building is slated to be razed for condos in a few years), they're planning to offer both lunch and dinner, with counter service. The menu will include seasonal salads and sandwiches, like a San Francisco cheese steak with grass-fed bavette steak, Fiscalini cheddar and chimmichurri sauce and their signature king salmon pastrami rueben.
They're currently planning a July 15 opening, at which time the cafe will be open for lunch Monday- Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner Tuesday-Friday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. And starting at 9 p.m., they'll serve up bar snacks for the late-night crowd at The Empire Room next door, because nothing says "drunk snacks" like salmon pastrami.