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Et al. cafe / wine bar (Polk St.) [San Francisco]

Robert Lauriston Dec 31, 2012 10:15 AM

Tried this new Biondivino spinoff last night. It's small but as pretty a space as I've ever seen. Great interesting wines by the glass including a remarkable selection of Madieras. Great food prepped by Boulette's Larder and finished in the tiny kitchen. I had the best beef tartare I've had in the City since Jeanty at Jack's closed.

2255 Polk a couple of doors south of Green. Currently 5-11 daily but will expand to all day with cafe stuff in the mornings.

  1. smatbrat Jun 12, 2013 01:50 PM

    Super upset
    They apparently just closed up last night.
    No warning?

    I go there several times a month


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    1. re: smatbrat
      Robert Lauriston Jun 12, 2013 02:58 PM

      I'm so sad I didn't get back there more than the once. If it had been closer to BART I'd have been a regular.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        smatbrat Jun 12, 2013 03:32 PM

        This is my neighborhood. I would be very interested to hear what the reasoning is.

        Potentially a greater debate about Polk Street. In my 4 years living there, I find that a great place opens up. in the beginning it is fantastic. and then slowly, a few months later, a certain crowd starts to take it over. the service changes, heck the actual employees change, and it turns into a place I am not interested in going to.

        So far the ones that seem to survive are Hi Lo bar, Up cider, and Leopolds(does not keep the crowd I am talking about out, but it has a good enough reputation that it brings in people from other areas, so its a mixed crowd)

        1. re: smatbrat
          Robert Lauriston Jun 12, 2013 04:52 PM

          The usual reasoning for closing a restaurant is that it was losing more money than expected.

          Did Et al. change? It didn't seem like the kind of place that was going to draw the same crowd as the average Polk St. joint.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            smatbrat Jun 13, 2013 11:29 AM

            Did not change, tho lost of of its original employees. So that may have been a factor. But everytime I went in there, which was often, it filled up pretty quickly. There is a small population of people in that area who are looking for places like this. Sophisticated, eclectic menu, not a usual polk st place

    2. DezzerSF Jan 3, 2013 02:54 PM

      I had some wine here the other week. Wasn't aware it was a new place. Anyway, good service, and even some options of "orange" wines by the glass. Didn't try the food.

      1. steve h. Dec 31, 2012 02:44 PM

        Sounds like the type of cozy place my wife and I gravitate toward. Thanks for sniffing it out. Please keeps us posted as things evolve.

        1. smatbrat Dec 31, 2012 12:18 PM

          Awesome! I have been looking for a first report.
          Is it like Boulettes ladder? like one giant communal table? more of a store?

          Now Im really looking forward to the guys from Gather to take over REx

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          1. re: smatbrat
            Robert Lauriston Dec 31, 2012 01:04 PM

            Cafe-type setup. If I remember right there are two four-tops, five two-tops, and a communal table that might seat eight or so. I don't think there's any bar seating.

            Food service currently starts at 6:30.

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