Perdition Smokehouse, the barbecue and beer outpost from the owner of The Trappist, shut down quietly after a year in business last fall. On its heels comes Berkeley Social Club, which will be a "classic breakfast-lunch eatery" during the day and transform into a Korean restaurant at night. It's quite the departure from the 'cue and brew scene, which mysteriously wasn't able to sustain Perdition Smokehouse in the middle of a college town.
The new restaurant comes from Steven Choi, the restaurateur behind SF spots Sweet Maple, Blackwood and Kitchen Story, as well as Fred's Place in Sausalito and Kitchen Sunnyside in Mill Valley. For his first East Bay venture, Choi has teamed up with chef Nick Yoon to put an Asian spin on classic American dishes at lunch, with dinner influenced by Yoon's experience at upscale restaurants in Korea. There'll also be a hefty selection of local and craft beer, though not as much as its predecessor.
It's currently projected to open in early August; stay tuned for more details.