Third time’s the charm for Top Chef-alum Ryan Scott, who has been behind two San Francisco closures (West Portal Market & Rye and Mason). Now, he’s focusing on his third — and arguably most exciting — effort: Finn Town, an American comfort food tavern set to open next week in the Castro. Scott’s vision, along with business partner Rick Hamer, includes “unpretentious” food, “strong” drinks, and an “upbeat” atmosphere.
Scott, along with chef de cuisine Jason Raffin (Scotland Yard), created a menu of comfort food classics with a twist, with everything made in-house. Dishes include buffalo-style rock shrimp, mascarpone gnudi with smoked mozzarella, brown butter, and grilled kale pistou, lobster cioppino for two, and more. The restaurant will debut with brunch and happy hour all ready to go, and all the menus (including former Pinkie’s pastry chef Cheryl Storms’ dessert menu) are below for your perusal.
Drinks are a big focus at Finn Town, with two separate bar areas that both serve the full food menu, along with draft cocktails. Anthony Parks of Fifty Fifty Cocktail Co. (Mourad, Dorian, Palm House) created those menus (also below), with different cocktail lists for each bar, including a by-request-only “Down Low” list with drink names like “Scissor Sisters” and “Fire in the Hole,” a nod to the neighborhood.
Architect Jim Maxwell of Architects II is behind the three distinct areas (two bars and a dining room) in the 3,000-square-foot space. The design came together with plush, colorful booths, warm woods, and brass accents.
Finn Town opens Friday, December 2 and will be open Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.