Heart to Close, Will Become St. Vincent, an ‘American Osteria’ From Quince Wine Guru David Lynch

Lynch on the cover of SF Mag's August Food Issue.
Lynch on the cover of SF Mag’s August Food Issue.

The days of wine in Mason jars are numbered at Heart (1270 Valencia Street at 24th), where the young Jeff Segal has decided to sell and move back to New York for personal reasons after quite the success story over the last two years. In the wine bar’s place will be St. Vincent, a new restaurant from Quince/Cotogna wine director and recent SF Mag coverboy David Lynch, coming in early 2011, as the Scoop is reporting. Designing the menu on a consulting basis will be former Bar Tartine chef Chris Kronner, who’s been a free agent and private chef for the past year, doing gastro-pubby fare with an emphasis on family-style plates. And as for the wine program, Lynch has a new twist planned there.

Lynch on the cover of SF Mag’s August Food Issue.

Rather then just do a simple split between bottles and by-the-glass options, Lynch’s Italian-focused list will have the added option of drinking half a bottle of anything on the list, for the half the price — so if you order a $50 bottle, you can just drink half for $25 (the more likely event being that you’ll like the first half so much you’ll just keep drinking). Lynch plans to keep the entire bottle list under $100.

Since Lynch’s experience prior to Quince was at loud and lively New York City restaurants Spotted Pig and Babbo, once can surmise he may be trying to recreate a similar energy in this space, which already brings in a young clientele. But since the space currently does not have a full kitchen, that will be the main piece of the build-out to come. Meanwhile, Lynch will remain on at Quince and Cotogna indefinitely.

Segal, who’ll be closing Heart on December 10, says he thinks Lynch “is the ideal guy to take over Heart and my space and further what we’ve done there.” But we wager the Mason jars won’t be staying.

David Lynch slated to take over Heart and replace it with St. Vincent [Scoop]
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