The Outer Sunset isn’t known for its nightlife, though a few options like cocktail bar Whitecap have opened in recent years. In June it will welcome a new bar with youthful vibes from the restaurateur behind SoMa’s Trademark and Copyright, called Lost and Found.
It’s opening just down the street from two popular dumpling shops — Dumpling Kitchen and Kingdom of Dumpling — and adjacent to the very popular Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream at 1439 Taraval St. Trung Tran, who grew up in the neighborhood, says he wants to give the community new options for drinking and dining.
“Lost and Found could be something cool where there’s something missing ,” says Tran. “I wanted to bring something vibrant and awesome to the Sunset.”
The restaurant space was formerly occupied by Japanese restaurant Ninki; in its new iteration, there’ll be a large bar, with communal tables. And, Tran says, there will be plenty of Instagrammable sections for people to take pictures, including a neon sign that reads “Let’s get lost together.”
Tran, who also behind sports bar Hometown Heroes, a barbershop with locations in Berkeley and Daly City, and other ventures, is collaborating with industry friends from Carbon Grill and Pa’ina to create a menu he says will boast “awesome bar bites,” with an emphasis on skewers, and potentially items like lobster rolls and honey truffle ribs (the menu is still in development and will change). Ultimately, cocktails will be the main attraction, created by Suzanne Miller of Novela.
For Tran, opening in a deeply residential neighborhood like the Sunset requires special consideration. “We’re looking to price it very fairly,” says Tran. “You have to take care of your community and people, you can’t just come in with high prices and drive people out.”
Stay tuned for more details closer to opening.