After a series of delays, The Dancing Pig (544 Castro Street) is finally set to open in about two weeks in the former Nirvana space in the Castro. (Nirvana closed as expected last week.) As Grub Street reported earlier, the concept is “San Francisco BBQ,” which consists of a mix of styles, including Carolina-style pulled pork and some house-special ribs. The chef is Michelle Agnew, formerly executive sous chef at the DeYoung and a chef at Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar.
Nirvana, an Asian fusion joint that opened at the height of Asian fusion mania in the 90s and stuck to those fusion guns, has remained a popular dinner and brunch spot in the neighborhood over the decades, most notably for their back patio.
The new owners are two bartenders and an owner at the nearby Mix, J.R. Kleysteuber, Linda Holl, and Larry Metzger. And in keeping with a trend that’s very early-2010s, they’re going the BBQ route.
There will be a full bar at The Dancing Pig with a bourbon-focused cocktail program.
We’ll let you know as soon as we have a firm opening date.
Earlier: Dancing Pig S.F. BBQ On Its Way to Nirvana Space in Castro By New Year