He’s teaming up with the developers of San Francisco’s Soma Grand, a condominium complex at 1160 Mission (near Seventh Street), to put a restaurant in the 22-story tower.The dining spot will serve the 246 condos in the building as well as the public.As far as the concept, Phan says it won’t be Vietnamese and it will be smaller than his other restaurants, according to Faith Wheeler, the chef’s publicist.
Seeing as how it’s still a chore to get into the 125-plus seat Slanted Door, a “smaller” Charles Phan restaurant–that happens to be in a tower–will undoubtedly become one of the hardest tickets in town.
As for Phan himself, he’s lined up quite a year for himself. Another branch of his Out the Door mini-chain is slated to open in the late fall, and the Academy of Sciences mega-project is due for completion in October 2008. The next 12 months are going to be very interesting for Chef Phan.
[Photo courtesy: Lazzari]