8/24/2012 11:40:00 AM

Hot New Restaurant Opening: The Corner Store Debuts Today

This Americana newcomer is hardly your typical corner store and its locale is hardly your typical San Francisco corner. But an all-star team of restaurant industry vets aims to transform a quirky in-the-middle-of-nowhere intersection of Geary and Masonic that straddles the Inner Richmond, Pacific Heights and Western Addition neighborhoods into your perfect comes-as-you-are “local.” Say hello to The Corner Store.

The Look: Designer Clint Miller has completely overhauled the corner spot (which replaces the under-the-radar Hawaiian Hukilau) which channels up the homey, mid-century vibe of an old-fashioned soda fountain, with sparkling white subway tiles, counter stools overlooking the open kitchen, butcher-block surfaces and a large zinc-wrapped communal table. The sunny 39-seat dining room is surrounded by glass windows that overlook the street and a 32-seat “front porch”, an outdoor heated patio that’s nestled under a retractable awning that should be a lovely spot for enjoying lunch or brunch, that is when the neighborhood isn’t engulfed in fog.

The Food: Executive chef Nick Adams, who spent the last six years working alongside the Rosenthal brothers at Town Hall and Salt House, presents mid-priced market-driven American lunch, dinner and brunch menus (check them out here) peppered with locally sourced updated classic comfort food such as a Wedge salad, liver and onions, roasted chicken, housemade linguine and clams and pork loin with hash, all of which are priced under $20.

The Drinks: The young owners behind The Corner Store are hoping the space becomes as much of a local watering hole to wind down your day over drinks and to that end, native son Hans Hinrichs, who spent time at Twenty Five Lusk and Foreign Cinema, oversees the short-but-sweet beverage program, which includes a handful of local draft and bottle beers, six wines on tap, classic cocktails and whimsical soda-fountain-inspired elixirs (both dry and for the over-21 crowd) such as a Black Cow to the Grasshopper, vanilla ice cream spiked with crème de menthe, absinthe and chocolate.

The Details: The Corner Store, 5 Masonic Ave, 415-359-1800, reservations not taken for parties less than six; open for lunch and late-night dinner Tuesday-Friday, with brunch and dinner served on the weekends; the bar stays open later; breakfast in is the works for the fall.


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