The Renoir Hotel at Seventh and Market is soon going to have a new bar in its ground floor from the prolific Bon Vivants, called Rio Grande; as well as a hip sounding pop-up venue with Off the Grid’s Matt Cohen behind it called FoodLab. The hotel recently saw the shortlived stay of Little Joe’s in one of its ground-floor spaces, and it’s currently home to a weird burlesque bar called Fuel. Now, as the Scoop reports, the hotel’s new owners are getting wise and banking on some quickly ramped-up gentrification in the vicinity (see also the openings of Dottie’s and Pearl’s a block away, the upcoming takeover by A.C.T. of the defunct Strand Theater across the street, and the impending move of Twitter into the SF Mart building at 10th and Market, three blocks up).
The whole project is called A Temporary Offering, however the bar venture sounds perhaps less than temporary. FoodLab will feature sandwiches and stuff by day, with rotating pop-ups at night, with the aid of a full commercial kitchen.
Also, the tiny wedge-shaped space at the intersection of Jones, McAllister, and Market — formerly a doughnut shop — will become a boutique satellite from the nearby Luggage Store Gallery, called Trailhead.
And keep in mind the Bon Vivants are also getting close to opening Trick Dog, their long-awaited brick-and-mortar project (they’ve mostly been consulting on others bars’ programs over the past year). Trick Dog is in the same complex at 20th and Florida that houses the new Flour + Water spinoff Central Kitchen, and the upcoming Salumeria, as well as The Parlour from Humphry Slocombe.