11/15/2012 12:00:00 PM

Michael Chiarello To Open a Spanish Restaurant on San Francisco's Pier 5

Having successfully jumped back into the trenches of a day-to-day restaurateur at Yountville's Bottega Food Network personality Michael Chiarello has announced that he’ll be opening another restaurant in the Bay Area, this time a Spanish inspired venture on San Francisco's Pier 5. The to-be-named bayside restaurant, slated to open in the spring of 2013, will focus on regional dishes from Madrid, Catalonia and the Basque Country, showcasing Chiarello's interpretation of traditional Spanish cuisine albeit it through the lens of showcasing fresh, local ingredients from land and sea.

Spanish architect Alberto Rivera will partner with SF-based Michael Guthrie & Company to transform the current 3,000-square foot Pier 5 space (formerly home to Lafitte) into a convivial and sprawling set-up, comprised of a main dining room, tapas bar and a glass-enclosed outdoor terrace whose doors can be thrown open to reveal the views of the Bay Bridge, Coit Tower and the Downtown skyline. In other words, swanky. Chiarello joins fellow chef Charles Phan who's forthcoming Hard Water at Pier 3 is part of an ongoing transformation of Downtown's Embarcadero waterfront.

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