As patrons await the boarding call for new Valencia Street bar Bon Voyage!, owners Josh Harris and Morgan Schick, the Bon Vivants of BVHospitality, are unspooling details about their mysterious new cocktail destination. The most recent revelation is about the food, which will focus on Chinese dumplings.
Executive chef Ian Pao, who comes from Hitachino Beer & Wagyu and Acquerello, is joining the team, which also includes Kimberly Rosselle as general manager (previously Bar Manager of Trick Dog) and Elliot Clark as Bar Manager. On Pao’s menu, expect shao Mai, Xiao Long Bao, and Jiao Zi — to be washed down with drinks like Singapore Sling variations made with whisky and nitro coconut milk.
Wylie Price Design (who did Ramen Shop and The Progress) is at work on the interior of the bar (584 Valencia Street between 17th and 18th) which was previously Urchin Bistro and, once upon a time, the original location of The Slanted Door.
The bar theme, per the name, is vacation-y and tropical: Schick and Harris have been collecting a hodgepodge of kitschy furnishings, with Harris telling Eater SF the inspiration is “equatorial tropical beach towns” and “midcentury style through the ’70s... with a little glimmer of Palm Springs of yesteryear, and a glimmer of disco.”
Relatedly, the duo is focused on travel at their 20th Street bar Trick Dog, where their newest cocktail menu is airlines themed. Maybe they could use a vacation?
When it debuts — date TBA — Bon Voyage! will be open Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.