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Tasting Menu Pop-Up Goes Permanent in Former Nico Space

As Nico moves downtown, Sorrel will sink its teeth into Pac Heights

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Weekly tasting menu pop-up Sorrel will get started on full-time service this spring, taking over the elegant Pacific Heights restaurant space recently vacated by Nico. Expect Sorrel to open in April for New American cuisine with Italian influences after making light cosmetic changes to the space at 3228 Sacramento (at Presidio).

In a bit of musical chairs, Nico, which held a Michelin star for its modern French food at 3228 Sacramento, is in the process of moving downtown to a space left open by the closure of longtime tapas restaurant Bocadillos. Nico co-owner Andrea Delaroque told Eater SF that she and her husband, chef Nicolas Delaroque, still “loved [Pac Heights] and have done very well here,” but needed to move downtown to reach a lunch crowd in order to create more revenue.

The switch left 3228 Sacramento open to Sorrel, a member of Eater’s list of popular recurring pop-ups. It’s run by chef Alex Hong, who brings experience from Quince and Jean-Georges, and managing partner Colby Heiman. The duo isn’t announcing other players in their restaurant yet, but past Sorrel pop-ups have featured sommelier Samuel Bouge, wine director for the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, which includes Flour + Water.

Colby Heiman (left) and Alex Hong (right)

Sorrel has typically served one crudo and one pasta on its four-course menus at the Picnic on Third space. At the permanent restaurant, Heiman tells Eater SF to expect a full a la carte menu of small plates, pastas, and large plates for one or two people, “as well as the 4-course tasting menu that our customers have come to love at the pop-up.”

Expect updates as an April opening target approaches.

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