There’s still some permits to secure, and some walls to be painted, but benevolent restaurant Commonwealth, from Mission Street Food/Bar Tartine alums Anthony Myint, chef Jason Fox, sommelier Sarah Elliott, and general manager Xelina Leyba is aiming for an early August opening. (Zagat Buzz reports that it’ll be August 1, while Eater thinks they’re still at least two weeks out.) While fixing up the El Herradero space at 2224 Mission, they discovered a 1920s-era mural on the outside wall for Hunt’s Quality Donuts, which of course they’re keeping and restoring to its original luster.
Per Zagat, here are some menu and decor details:
The progressive American restaurant will offer two tracks - a $60, six-course weekly menu (with $10 of each menu donated to a charity) and an à la carte menu of sharing plates ranging from $8-$15. …The 45-seat storefront, formerly a kitschy Mexican, has been totally redesigned with a “mid-century greenhouse” inspiration - think lots of brick, glass and hickory wood (a sustainable wood that was originally used for gardening tools), plus air plants suspended in glass globes. A modest rooftop garden will supply some of the vegetables to start, and the team hopes to bulk it out in the spring.
The restaurant is the product of several dozen small-scale investors, and as they write on their blog, the concept is “creative, lively, authentic, reciprocal” with a restaurant that “bridge[s] the gentrification gap” and is “actively engaged with the community” on the block. The team plans to donate as much as $90K a year to charitable causes, as they previously had with Mission Street Food, but priority number one will probably be just covering their opening costs.
Commonwealth, Gold West Coming Soon; Plate Shop Pushed Back [Zagat Buzz]
Commonwealth, Alexander’s Steakhouse, Zero Zero, and More [Eater]
Earlier: El Herradero Shutters to Make Way for Commonwealth [Grub Street]
Mission Street Food Seeks Many, Many Investors [Grub Street]