Star chef Dominique Crenn is bringing her brand of creative cuisine to Hayes Valley, as all signs point to a new Crenn project at the former Bar Jules at 609 Hayes St.
A newly filed liquor license transfer ties Crenn, whose Cow Hollow restaurant Atelier Crenn boasts two Michelin stars, to the space and indicates that the new project will be called "Petit Crenn."
We reached Crenn for comment, but so far she's keeping mum about her plans. However, information gleaned from a still in-progress website for a restaurant consulting and investment company indicates that the new space will be a "casual cafe and restaurant":
"We've recently partnered with SALT Partners and the Crenn Dining Group LLC to open Petit Crenn, a casual cafe and restaurant in the Heart of Hayes Valley. Heading the restaurant team is Chef Dominique Crenn, celebrated chef and entrepreneur who will utilize the facility to recreate and share the dishes she grew up with."
Bar Jules closed its doors last month after eight years in the neighborhood. At the time, chef-owner Jessica Boncutter said she "wanted to pass it on to someone who will take care of it and respects the space," and it seems she's found the right fit.
Stay tuned for more on Petit Crenn as details emerge.