Help Identifying SF Restaurant
Hi, I'm attempting to identify an SF restaurant. My information is from 1999 or 2000, so it's of course possible some things have changed -- and that the restaurant may no longer be in business. What I have isn't a great deal of information, but I think it should be sufficient for some solid guesses. In any event, some ten years ago, the restaurant had the following features:
-- It was "down the street" from a rock and roll motel (which was in turn around the corner from the O'Farrell Theater)
-- It was "fairly swanky"
-- The chef was "fairly young" and in his second or third chef's job
-- The restaurant had an "overwhelming initial rush of business"
-- The restaurant's crew was large
Thanks in advance for any help.
Do you know what kind of food it is/was?
The "rock and roll motel" sounds like the Phoenix Hotel.
The OFarrell Theater is at Polk and OFarrell
Bambuddha Lounge is IN the Phoenix Hotel (not motel).
As a wild guess, which doesn't fit many of the clues other than the hipster vibe of the question, how about the now defunct "DOT" restaurant in the Miyako Hotel, owned by Nick Graham, the boxer shorts magnate.
Trying to think of somewhere on Van Ness/Civic Center area that might fit the description......
My sincere thanks for all the replies; I'll explore each possibility that was named.
I'm not sure what style of cooking the restaurant in question was known for.
Just in case this will narrow things down, the kitchen of this restaurant featured "a hot new line of Jade ranges, gleaming counters, an ice cream machine and pasta maker."
Thanks again, everyone.