The former Mojo Bicycle Cafe space is getting its groove back with a new beer and wine bar, Fool’s Errand. That’s just arrived at 639 Divisadero, where owner John Dampeer “pushed the door open” yesterday afternoon. It’s been lightly remodeled since its days as Mojo: gone is the back bicycle repair shop, and new decor includes a mural from artist Sarah Hamamurah.
Fool’s Errand is Dampeer’s third effort at a neighborhood beer and wine bar, and he hopes it will be a charm. Previously, he ran Caskhouse in Noe Valley, expanding with Hamlet nearby, but eventually he closed both bars. Dampeer cites low foot traffic for the difficulty of doing business in Noe Valley, but anticipates the new bar’s central location — and outdoor parklet seating — will lure in drinkers.
The big draw will be beer (10 taps plus more bottle pours) and wine (15 by the glass options). Through Dampeer’s existing relationships, he’s already got taps from some of the best area brewers — three from Cellarmaker and more from Temescal, Fieldwork, and New Glory.
On the wine front, Dampeer is highlighting “fringe regions” from Slovenia to the Canary Islands and “cool natural wines,” with hip California winemakers like Dirty & Rowdy represented on the list. As the bar gets up and running, he’ll add more food options — some charcuterie and cheese plates will be available in the next few days, with small bites arriving this weekend. A full tap list and menu is below, though it’s just a sample of rotating choices.
Fool’s Errand is open 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. daily.