Spring 2016 is shaping up to be a strong season for new restaurant openings in San Francisco. Already established dining neighborhoods like Hayes Valley and the Dogpatch are poised to received new signature restaurants. Burgers joints and izakayas show no signs of stopping their popularity. And a nationally renowned chef is returning home after nearly three decades. Here are the dozen spring openings in San Francisco and the Bay Area we can’t wait to visit.
The trade winds are picking up in the Dogpatch, where Hawaii native chef-owner Jordan Keao will soon make the transition from his Bernal Heights bi-weekly weekend brunch pop-up to a brick-and-mortar modern Hawaiian restaurant. Brunch will still initially be the only meal served, followed by an afternoon pau hana (happy hour) centered on low-ABV beverages from former La Folie bar manager Jason Alonzo. Once the restaurant gets settled, dinner will follow. Rice bowls and previous pop-up staples like guava-filled malasadas, Spam musubi and loco moco will be served, along with new additions. The restaurant, on the Dogpatch’s main thoroughfare and the MUNI tram line, is a serene, minimal, wood-filled room with many design pieces imported directly from the islands. Where: 900 22nd St. When: Late March to early April.