903, Sandbox Bakery's Cafe, Fully (Re)Opens Today
|903's tsukune sandwich, $8.|
It seems Bernal Heights residents who have been going to Sandbox for rice burgers and bento boxes were a little too eager to follow the dishes when they moved to the old Maggie Mudd's space, which Takehara took over a few months ago. The opening of 903 has all been a bit of a whirlwind, really. When asked to define the food, Takehara laughed, saying, "Basically anything we want to eat." She laughed again when SFoodie asked whether she had a website. It'll be eat903.com ... someday.
But anyone who's tasted Sandbox Bakery's immaculate pastries knows that Takehara is far more careful a cook than she makes the project sound. After a week-long "tune-up," Takehara re-opened 903 on Saturday night for its first dinner service. As of today, the 15-seat cafe will be be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a short break between 2 and 4 p.m.
Takehara and her husband have installed a smoker, and so at night, in addition to the Thai and Japanese dishes, they're smoking brisket and ribs over hickory. "Since I'm expecting a bunch of parents to come for dinner, and have a glass of wine with the kids, I have a bunch of appetizers, too," Takehara explains. "I want people to feel like they're coming to somebody's house."
903: 903 Cortland (at Gates). Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. daily.