After 11 years in the Mission, Valencia dining pioneer Range shut its doors last December. At the time, chef/owner Phil West and co-owner Cameron West attributed their decision to close the restaurant to the rapidly changing neighborhood, a saturated dining scene, and an increasingly youthful demographic. But with ten years left on the lease, the Wests also said they weren’t through with the space. Now comes news of Range’s next life: a 1960s-themed bar called The Beehive, arriving just in time to recreate the Summer of Love.
The project comes from West and his partners in the popular FiDi bar The Treasury: restaurateur Arnold Eric Wong (E&O Kitchen), contractor Steve Werney (Teutonic Construction) and bar manager Carlos Yturria. The crew is planning a colorful refresh of the 2,300-square-foot Range interior, adding mid-century modern details to match the menus. While the main bar up front will remain, the larger dining room in back will become a cozy cocktail lounge with its own bar.
Drinks, from Yturria, will be all about the icons of the ‘60s. That means The Marilyn, made with Dom Perignon, apple brandy and grenadine, and The Presley, with pisco, roasted peanuts, and grape jelly. Wong and West will work together on the food menu, which includes fondue, hip ‘60s favorite that shaped wedding registries for an entire generation. Except this time, the bubbling cheese pots will include options like aged cheddar and saison paired with a variety of dipping options like lobster. A soft-serve bar will offer throwback flavor combos like ambrosia (pineapple and coconut), and bananas foster and rum.
Stay tuned for more information on The Beehive, which is projected to open in late summer.