The Corner Store has been holding down the intersection of Masonic and Geary since 2012, and after four years, the owners decided it was time for a slightly new approach. The restaurant opened as a retro Americana hang for refined comfort food and soda fountain fare, but it will be shifting focus to more approachable — and affordable — fare after owners decided they had priced out the neighborhood a bit. Co-owner Miles Palliser said the changes are intended to return The Corner Store to its roots as "a community bar and kitchen" and ensure it's a "neighborhood staple for years to come."
To that end, new executive chef Matt Rosson (Salt House) will now bring the food in a slightly more relatable direction. The food is still American classics, like burgers, fried chicken, and mac and cheese, but there’s also now nightly specials like Taco Tuesdays. It's all part of becoming known as a "top-shelf diner meets killer cocktail bar."
New beverage director Dustin Sullivan (Lord George, Fog City, Picco) has also added bigger, bourbon-focused drinks and even more boozy milkshakes to the drink menu. There’s a happy hour now, too, every Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close with $2 of all menu drinks. You can see the new menus in full below.