Big-Ticket Summer: S.F.'s Pricey New Restaurants
Pop-ups, trucks, food carts, and burger-sandwich restaurants do keep opening up at a rate that's almost impossible to track. But looking at the slate of ambitious, big-money, restaurants opening this summer, I'm doubting the accuracy of what has become common wisdom. Here's what I've got on the list:
Just opened: Thermidor (from the Spork team), Prospect (Boulevard team), Wayfare Tavern (chef-owner: Tyler Florence), and the newly upscaled Saison (chef-owner: Joshua Skenes)
In the pipeline: Hog and Rocks (Maverick team), Benu (star: Corey Lee, former chef de cuisine of French Laundry), Plum (Ubuntu's Jeremy Fox plus Coi's Daniel Patterson), Bar Agricole (well, that one's been in the pipeline since Joan Rivers' third facelift)
Ever-so-slightly more modest: Comstock Saloon, Sons and Daughters, Skool, the forthcoming Black Sheep, and three pizza restaurants ― Zero Zero (from Picco Pizzeria's Bruce Hill), Ragazza (from Gialina's Sharon Ardiana), Una Pizza Napoletana (from star pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri)
I know home prices in San Francisco are starting to rise again, but there aren't many other signs that the recession is ebbing. What the hell is going on here?