A 12-room hotel will soon go up on the land currently occupied Bite Me Sandwiches (4230 18th St.) . The building, which was built in 1900, will be demolished to make way for Hotel Castro — permits were approved by the SF Planning Commission earlier this month.
The hotel will include a rooftop deck, plus an 1,800-square-foot restaurant on the ground floor, designed by architecture firm Cass Calder Smith (also behind the design neighboring restaurant Nomica, and many more).
The lack of hotel options in the neighborhood prompted the change of use request by the property’s owner Gannon Tidwell, who says that the Castro is a world-class travel destination,” deserving of its own hotel (though Beck’s Motor Lodge has been operating a few blocks away since 1958). According to renderings, the four-story hotel will offer a very different, modern aesthetic.
No word yet on the nature of the restaurant that will occupy the ground floor, though it will have some steep competition in terms of SF’s hotel dining options — a recent boom of high-profile restaurants and bars like Villon, Gibson, and the impending Tartine project in Hotel G are making the case for destination dining for locals and tourists alike.