Dominique Crenn is a woman of vision: Her eponymous flagship restaurant, Atelier Crenn, and more casual family-style concept Petit Crenn are certainly proof of that. Each of her efforts are imbued with her sense of identity, and hospitality.
And now that she has officially taken full control of her restaurant, buying out her business partner earlier this fall, Crenn is moving full steam ahead, opening a wine bar in the space adjacent to Atelier Crenn called Bar Crenn.
The chef announced the bar over the weekend via Instagram, publishing a photo of the newly acquired application for a transfer of the liquor license from the space’s previous tenant, wine bar Cellar Door (3131 Fillmore Street). The acquisition of the space is more than convenient, it’s ideal— the wine bar already shares a back courtyard and walkway with Atelier Crenn, which will make it a seamless extension of the existing restaurant, though separate in concept.
Crenn told the SF Chronicle that the concept has been in the works for a long time as an option for those who might not want to invest in a full tasting menu at Atelier Crenn (which costs $298, including service). Much like her other restaurants, Crenn envisions Bar Crenn as an extension of the hospitality one might find at home, offering unique wine selections chosen by Atelier Crenn wine director Matt Montrose, low ABV cocktails, and “very French” small plates.
The opening is currently projected for April 2017; stay tuned for more details.