Blueprint Taproom shuttered abruptly in the Design District last month after four years serving drinks to nearby tech startups like Airbnb and Zynga. Now, just as abruptly, a new restaurant has taken its place: Hardwood Bar & Smokery.
Behind the restaurant is a crew of industry vets, according to Hoodline, which includes Albert Lee (owner of Rocks Den), chef Jake Kwan-Rosenbush (Stock in Trade, Naked Lunch), and beverage director Adam Brogan (Wayfare Tavern). Kwan-Rosenbush, who created a menu of upscale bar food at Stock in Trade, is apparently “obsessed” with barbecue, and an “impressive smoker” will be part of the draw.
When Blueprint closed, many wondered why it had recently applied for a liquor license, which it received just before shutting down — now Hardwood will put it to good use, serving cocktails along a hefty selection of craft beers. Meanwhile, the kitchen will produce a menu of “Bay Area-style barbecue” at lunch and dinner, as well as late night. Smoked pork spare ribs, a spicy chicken sandwich, and brisket tacos are all on the menu. Starting at 9 p.m., snacks like spam musubi will join the fray, though “late night” is only til 11 p.m.
Diners are urged to “look for the beaver,” to locate the restaurant (located at 680 8th St. between Brannan Street and Townsend Street). Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily.