Potrero Hill’s new “market gallery” Horatius opened yesterday, giving neighborhood residents and workers a new go-to spot for informal meals, high-end food products, antiques, and potted plants. Named in part for owner Horacio Gomes, as well as for the roman poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace), the 5,000 square-foot space seats just 50 inside, with another 16 chairs earmarked for the sidewalk. The rest of the space is devoted to imported and locally sourced cheeses, olive oils, wines, coffee, and other such artisanal products, as well as potted flowers and vegetable plants and home-themed objects-d’art (antiques, found items with plants growing out of them and so on). Chef Antelmo Faria, formerly of Sonoma’s LaSalette, turns out a menu of sandwiches, salads and entrees for lunch only right now, but they plan to start dinner soon. Gomes said he landed on the poet Horace for a namesake because he liked the “carpe diem” (sieze the day) philosophy. He even plans to operate the store “in the moment,” changing up his stock every month. “When they’re gone, they’re gone,” Gomes said. Check out the menu after the jump.
[Photo: Courtesy of Horatius]