Tonight will be the last service for Reverb, the Russian Hill restaurant that changed course (and name) from Verbena last March.
The soon-to-close spot is the second iteration of the same restaurant, originally called Verbena, which opened its doors on Polk St. in 2013. After opening chef Sean Baker abruptly departed the project, the restaurant underwent a reconcepting, emerging as Reverb. Now, it's closing for good.
In a press release sent out this morning, co-owner Eric Fenster said:
"I'm very proud of what our team accomplished in San Francisco but we decided it is time to focus our efforts elsewhere. We are grateful to everyone involved and everyone who visited us over the last two years. We are excited to concentrate our energy on Gather, our sister restaurant in Berkeley, and to welcome the return of Executive Chef Charis Wahl to Gather's kitchen."
The restaurant is from the team behind Gather, the vegetable-focused Berkeley restaurant that has seen both critical acclaim and some recent chef shuffles of its own. In march, it was announced that former executive chef Charis Wahl would resume the same position she left in 2015, to open The Advocate.
Tonight's dinner service is Reverb's last; stay tuned for more details on the space that has seen four different restaurants in the last four years (Rex Cafe, Marbella, Verbena and Reverb).