As we mentioned a bit ago, the MacNiven family, of Woodhouse Fish Co. fame (and of youngest brother Tyler’s Amazing Race fame), are adding to their empire with the former Bombay Bazar and Ice Creamery space (548 Valencia Street) on that busy block of Valencia between 16th and 17th. The initial plan to open a southwestern restaurant had to be tweaked, as Mission Local reports, because next-door neighbors Puerto Alegre balked, thinking the concept was too similar to theirs (debatable, no?). So after some tears were shed at the Planning Commission by Puerto Alegre owners the Vigil family, the MacNivens’ new Old West-inspired concept was approved, and the name is West of Pecos. Owners Dylan and Rowan MacNiven got Planning approval ten days ago, however it requires them to shut down what will be a full bar by 11 p.m. on weeknights, and midnight on weekends.
As for the theme, the MacNivens tell the Chron that it won’t be “hokey,” but will feature rustic American comfort food. The name comes from a 1945 Western starring Robert Mitchum, which is actually called West of the Pecos.
They’re aiming for a spring 2012 opening, following an extensive build-out that will require a new roof and new facade.
Dylan MacNiven rustles up West of Pecos in the Mission [Chron]
Earlier: West of Pecos Approved But Will Have to Close Earlier Than Planned [Mission Local]
Southwestern Restaurant Mohave Becomes West of Pecos [Mission Local]