Since opening earlier this month, SF’s newest music venue August Hall has quickly earned fans with shows in the remodeled Ruby Skye nightclub space. Now the venue has company — and very serious pizza — with Fifth Arrow, a sibling restaurant, bar, and three-lane bowling alley.
Those amusements replace Slide, which was located (complete with an actual slide) below Ruby Skye. But it’s safe to say that the Fifth Arrow/August Hall design team, led by Britt Hull of the Tide Design Co. and Clinton Miller of Parisa O’Connell Interior Design, have made quite a few changes to the space at 430 Mason (which shares an entrance with August Hall at 420 Mason).
Fifth Arrow/August Hall is the product of a seriously entrepreneurial group of partners: Scott Murphy (Deckstar, Eventbrite, Snowglobe Music Festival), Chad Donnelly (Snowglobe Music Festival), Justin Roja (Redford Bar | Eat, Rambler at Hotel Zeppelin, Barry’s Bootcamp San Francisco), and Nate Valentine (Umami, Mamacita, The Tipsy Pig, Padrecito, Harper & Rye, Ambassador, Double Dutch). As Valentine puts it, Fifth Arrow is like “a brother or sister” to their new venue: The two play well together, with Fifth Arrow’s kitchen fueling concert goers. But he hopes diners, drinkers, and some bowlers, will visit Fifth Arrow on its own merits (which also include Skee-Ball and board games).
Fifth arrow executive chef Joey Booterbaugh moved to the Bay Area for the restaurant from Los Angeles, where he was executive chef and partner at restaurants Café Birdie and Bar Angeles. His whole Cal-Italian menu (think Dungeness crab arancini) is below, but the pizzas coming out of his brick-lined deck Marsal oven will be showstoppers on their own. The pizza is “a real process,” says Booterbaugh, with dough fermented for 72 hours and naturally leavened with a high hydration.
Jordan Dunn (Padrecito) is overseeing food and beverage operations, and his cocktail list even includes a toast to the building’s history: That’s the Native Sons cocktail (with mezcal, sherry, vermouth, and maraschino), a reference to the California historical preservation society, the Native Sons of the Golden West, for whom the building was built in 1890.
Fifth Arrow is open for happy hour starting at 4 p.m., with dinner from 5 to 11 p.m., and a late-night menu from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The restaurant will implement a daytime menu and brunch service.