Item: name that family-style Italian restaurant South of Market that closed eight weeks ago for “renovations.” If you said Buca Di Beppo, you’re right, and guess what? The oh-so-charming chain restaurant really did close for an upgrade and, with little fanfare, re-opened today.
The renovation focused mostly on the kitchen, said marketing director Katy Springer, reconfiguring it to efficiently produce individual plates. You heard right. Buca’s new inception includes a new menu called “Buca Mio,” that lists many of the restaurant’s signature family-style dishes as solo courses.
So there you go. Sometimes when restaurants close, it’s because they’re doing so well they want to enlarge themselves, not just because they’re going under. Heartening. Let’s hope we get to write a similar post about Original Joe’s soon.