After months of anticipation, Back of the House Restaurant Group (led by empire-builder Adriano Paganini) has announced a concept for the former Betelnut location at 2030 Union Street. And the winner is: Traditional Mexican.
In the announcement, Paganini cited inspiration for the concept as Luis Flores, chef/partner in the group's other Mexican concept, Uno Dos Tacos. This city's perplexing dearth of quality Mexican spots (with the exception of certain legendary Mission burrito places) is something that Paganini aims to remedy, with a San-Francisco restaurant "honoring Mexican tradition."
The yet-unnamed restaurant will offer traditional Mexican dishes on a menu ranging from shareable snacks, to salads and mains. Roasted meat will be sold by the pound, accompanied by small plates like guacamole, empanadas, and crab tostadas. Masa will be a focus as well, with corn ground on site for masa dough and tortillas made by hand. Cocktails (including margaritas), mezcals, and tequilas will all be on offer, as well.
Stay tuned for more details on a name, the space, menus, and an opening date.