Basque Restaurant Opening Above Cafe Du Nord

Basque Restaurant Opening Above Cafe Du Nord
Photo: Andrew Dudley / Hoodline
By Andrew Dudley - Published on October 23, 2014.
A new street-level restaurant featuring Basque cuisine will be opening on Market Street above Cafe Du Nord.

Inside Scoop reports that the restaurant will be called Aatxe, after "a mythological bull spirit creature in Basque folklore."

It's being headed by Ryan Pollnow, the chef du cuisine at Central Kitchen in the Mission. Central Kitchen is part of the Ne Timeas group of restaurants (along with Flour + Water and Salumeria), and Ne Timeas is overseeing the food program at the revamped Cafe du Nord as well.

Aatxe will feature a 50-seat restaurant and bar separate from the Cafe du Nord space below, the Scoop reports.  Both Aatxe and Cafe du Nord will boast bar programs run by the the Bon Vivants (the folks behind Trick Dog). Pollnow is quoted as describing a food menu of pintxos (basically bar snacks) and tapas, as well as larger dishes, with cocktail options including gin and tonics on tap.

The space at 2170 Market is still being built out; long-time Hoodline readers might recall the short-lived Cafe Cortado that previously occupied part of the address back in 2010. To create Aatxe, they're combining the Cortado space with an adjacent office.

Look for Aatxe to open some time "this winter."