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Team Behind Liholiho and Nopa Announce New Mission Restaurant Project

Farina’s 18th Street space will now channel Eastern European cuisine

Jeff Hanak, David Golovin, Ravi Kapur
Courtesy of Ravi Kapur

Four years after chef Ravi Kapur and partner Jeff Hanak opened the still-blazing-hot Liholiho Yacht Club together, the duo has announced a new restaurant project with a new partner: chef David Golovin. The restaurant, which does not yet have a name, will open in Farina’s shuttered space on 18th Street in the fall.

Golovin has spent time in high-end Bay Area kitchens like Spruce, Rubicon, La Folie, and, of course, Nopa. The cuisine at this upcoming project will be a departure from Nopa’s California cuisine and Liholiho’s roots in Hawaii. This time around it’ll be all about Golovin’s Eastern European heritage, with lots of fermentation, smoking, and cooking over a wood fire. That translates to platters of hearty smoked fish and grilled meats, and per a release from the chefs, “whole vegetable cookery.”

In the grand tradition of the partners’ other restaurants – Nopa, Liholiho Yacht Club, and Louie’s Gen Gen Room — there will be a stellar list of craft cocktails, beer, and wine. Seth Boor of Boor Projects will give the space a redesign, which will feature sidewalk seating and a rooftop patio and bar. When it opens in fall of 2019, the restaurant will open from dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., with brunch in the future.

If this third, nameless restaurant is anything like its siblings, whose bars and tables continue to be packed with diners each night, the team’s new Mission restaurant will be hotly anticipated and buzzy from the get-go. Stay tuned for more details.


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