Exclusive: Hi Tops, the Gay Sports Bar, Hires Chef Jamie Lauren to Consult

Lauren, from <em>Top Chef All-Stars</em>.
Lauren, from Top Chef All-Stars. Photo: Bravo TV

As you’ve probably heard, the former Lime in the Castro is becoming a gay sports bar called Hi Tops (2247 Market Street) from new owners Jesse Woodward, Dana Gleim, and Matt Kajiwara. And now they’ve announced the hiring of a consulting chef: Jamie Lauren. The Top Chef All-Stars contestant and former Absinthe chef has lately been down in L.A. working at Wolfslair Biergarten, and Woodward says, “We couldn’t be more pleased to have such a talented chef help us create the menu we’ve been dreaming up for months!”

Woodward earlier told Grub Street that, with the food menu, they were aiming to serve food that “brings back memories of ballgames and stadiums.” It sounds like modern twists on corndogs and other state fair/stadium food, and it could get interesting with Lauren at the helm. Previously, back when she relocated from San Francisco and took the helm at Beechwood in Venice, she was doing some upscale takes on “white-trash”-themed fare like chicken nuggets, with curry, raita, and whipped vindaloo oil; pimiento cheese dip; and pretzel-stuffed Jidori chicken, just to give you an idea.

For those looking for work, the bar is hiring “all versatile players” for both kitchen and bar positions, about which you can email them at

Hi Tops is now set to open by mid-November, which likely won’t be in time for the World Series, should the Giants maybe, possibly make it that far. But we’ll see, on both counts.

Hi Tops - 2247 Market Street between Noe and Sanchez - Opening mid-November.

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