Jack Knowles, owner of Oakland’s À Côté, its upcoming sister resto in the Citron space, and the upcoming Los Compadres, is expanding his empire to the Mission with the purchase of the vacant New College complex at 777 Valencia. As the Chron reports, he’s planning to turn the buildings into four or five new venues, and keeping the former auditorium space for his own venture.
The other spaces he’ll be leasing to local restaurateurs and restaurant groups, several of whom have already expressed interest, but he’s not naming any names.
Another takeaway from yesterday’s Chron item: Desi Danganan’s project, The Summit, gets a confirmed address: 780 Valencia, in the new tech incubator space across the street from I/O ventures.
The collection of restaurants and/or nightspots remains a bit of a pipe dream, especially since new liquor licenses have become increasingly hard to get in the Mission, but Knowles says he’d be kicking himself if he didn’t try. And as we’ve heard from these free agent chefs, everyone wants a space in the Mission, so it shouldn’t be hard to fill these spaces so long as ABC and Planning cooperate.
Jack Knowles working on 3 restaurants [Inside Scoop/Chron]
Earlier: Bi-Rite Expands to Divisidero, À Côté Grows in Oakland, and More [Grub Street]
Eddie Lau to Be Exec Chef at The Summit [Grub Street]