Finally! A place to eat on Divisadero! (plus, a non-sarcastic update)

A little more followup on the last post concerning a new tenant at 661 Divisadero, the Awfulness Formerly Known As La Urbana.

For those of you who were afraid something might move into the space to replace one of our recently lost community services, such as an inexpensive cafe, news stand, a community center or arts space, or even a new 99¢ store where local residents can purchase affordable housewares will be relieved to know that instead, Divisadero will finally be getting a concept restaurant from a big-name restauranteur.

Finally, a place to eat on Divisadero!

According to a story in Eater:

After La Urbana closed its doors on a prime Divisadero Street location last year, it sat vacant for months. Now, SF’s most prolific restaurant group will open a new restaurant in its space almost exactly one year later. The new restaurant’s cuisine, name, and all the rest, has yet to be announced, but it is slated to open in November of this year.

Back of the House, Adriano Paganini’s empire, will have opened four new restaurants this year: A Mano, The Bird, Flores, and the aforementioned Divisadero concept. It is now a major restaurant group with a pool of talent from chefs to managers; giving them room to expand and projects to helm is part of Paganini’s growth plan, which includes many of the cities most vibrant neighborhoods.

That’s right, those of you who liked it when we had a newsstand, a 99¢ cent store, a mosque, an arts space, several cheap cafés, and inexpensive places to buy groceries, can at least take heart that the neighborhood is now vibrant.

The article continues:

Though the world will have to wait to find out what Paganini’s newest venture will be, it’s a safe bet that it will be a passion project from one of his chefs and collaborators.

All kidding aside, the good news, according to the same article, is that the Back Of The House restaurant group favors casual dining. If so, with the restaurant quotient of Divisadero skyrocketing beyond all reason and crowding out all the businesses that formerly made this a livable neighborhood, at least it won’t be contributing to increasing the snootiness quotient.

The real good news, though, is that the new business’s owner has already made preliminary contact with neighborhood residents to discuss concerns, and a small private face-to-face meeting is planned to get acquainted and fill him in on overall concerns. If that goes well, a larger community meeting may be announced, where the general neighborhood public can meet and discuss concerns with him while this is still in the planning stages. The SF Planning Department has also been in touch with the new tenants, although the content of their discussions is not known.

There is still some chance neighborhood residents may want to voice concerns to Alcoholic Beverage Control or other city or state agencies while the public comment period is open. Further information on that will be posted once we’ve had a chance to talk to the owner and feel out his position on keeping the garage closed.


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