|Aaron London is one of the many free agents slated to open a spot in SF|
In the Mission, West of Pecos has undergone a bigger shift. The restaurant’s opening chef Leo Varos, has left and with him goes much of his Santa Fe style offerings. He’s been replaced by August Schuman who previously worked at the owners other property Woodhouse Fish Company and has significantly simplified the Southwestern menu.
Along with Berthold’s potential new indie venture, we’re waiting to see what materializes with Timothy Hollingsworth, the former French Laundry chef who is slated to leave in the spring to go solo, and Peter McNee, who recently left Poggio to open his own restaurant in San Francisco. At least we have some new intel on the forthcoming restaurant from free agent and 30-Under-30 recipient Aaron London (Ubuntu’s former top toque). According to San Francisco Magazine, London, who had been eyeing a Hayes Valley site has reportedly signed a lease on an undisclosed location in the Mission. Despite some very leading hints trotted out about the mystery spot - 30-seats, chef’s counter, open kitchen, former horse stable, small back courtyard - we’re gathering it’s not the old Saison space. Wherever it turns out to be, the restaurant isn’t expected to open before the summer.