Fort Mason is saying willkommen to a new Bavarian-style beer hall and restaurant from the folks behind popular Hayes Valley destinations Biergarten and Suppenkuche. Radhaus, as the newcomer is called, opens on Monday, August 6, with an elegant interior by Envelope A+D and spectacular Golden Gate views courtesy of large windows. Guests can wash those down with 9 taps of German beer (and one American IPA for good measure) plus wine, kombucha, and cider.
To eat, chef Timmy Malloy (a 2014 Chronicle Rising Star chef at Local’s Corner) has a menu of Bavarian-style food like a chicken schnitzel sandwich (with cucumber, pickled onion, and dill) and plates of currywurst, weisswurst, salads, and cheeses. He’ll serve lunch and dinner to start, but eventually, Radhaus will offer an all-day menu starting with breakfast and including what owners joke is a “hobbit meal plan” of “second breakfast,” “brotzeit,” and intervening snacks.
Radhaus occupies the western flank of Fort Mason, a historic former army post, where it joins Building A neighbors like the landmark vegetarian restaurant Greens and the well-regarded cocktail bar and intellectual salon the Interval at the Long Now. Keeping up with those ranks and fulfilling the mission of the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC), which operates the complex within what’s technically a National Park, is a pretty tall order, as owners Aaron and Matt Hulme freely admit. But the twin brothers, distinguishable by their facial hair, hope to do just that, creating a welcoming space for visitors to Fort Mason’s art galleries, its historic Magic Theatre, and its frequent events like farmers markets, food truck gatherings, and arts fairs at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion.
The Hulmes are San Franciscan, not German, by birth, and they didn’t found Suppenkuche: That was Fabrizio Wiest, born in Heidelberg, who opened his traditional style wirsthaus in Hayes Valley back in 1993 (well before the area’s present day trendiness). The brothers were fans of the bar before Aaron began working for Wiest, eventually opening outdoor offshoot Biergaten in the nearby PROXY with his brother Matt. Wiest is not directly involved in the new project, though Matt Hulme characterizes him as a mentor or muse.
Biergarten’s runaway success helped the Hulmes land the Radhaus project: The ambitious new beer hall occupies 3,700 square feet of space and features thoughtful industrial and military design touches — many from Matt Hulme, an artist and graphic designer — plus sleek white D-Tile and wooden chairs from iconic brewer Schneider Weisse (as Biergarten and Suppenkuche are one of the brewer’s best US customers, the company was happy to provide them). And while Radhaus is brand new, its owners joke that it’s also the oldest bar in the city: The physical bar and a large bench nearby are carved by arborist Evan Shively out of a 300-year-old, 200-foot tall Ponderosa Pine from Camp Mather.