Gourmet burger joint Bistro SF Grill will soon be relocating from Lower Pacific Heights to Noe Valley. Renovations are currently underway at the former Hahn’s Hibachi space at 1305 Castro St., and if all goes as planned, owners Seni Felic and Hasim Zecic will close their doors at 2819 California St. on June 28th, reopening at the new location on July 1st.
Felic told Hoodline that he's excited about the move to a new neighborhood. Originally from Yugoslavia, he feels that Noe Valley has more of a European feel than the bistro's current location, the busy intersection of California and Divisadero.
“It's smaller and more concentrated, but close to the Castro,” he said. “There's more foot traffic and people walking dogs. It's nice, because it feels more like a neighborhood there."
Felic moved to the Bay Area in 1997, because it was “dynamic and a great spot for the culinary arts.” After studying food and wine in Napa Valley and working at Grgich Hills Estates, he made the move to San Francisco, where he and his business partner opened Bistro SF Grill six years ago.
While the space will change, the menu at Bistro SF Grill will mostly remain the same, with a focus on gourmet burgers. The restaurant also offers a large selection of game, such as wild boar, alligator, and venison, in addition to vegetarian options. They plan to continue serving a largely European selection of beer, with wine sourced mainly from Croatia and Argentina.
Felic said the old location seats 40 people, while the new one seats 69. He's excited to have a larger kitchen, as a large portion of the restaurant's business comes from delivery and catering.
We'll keep you posted on the restaurant's opening when it arrives next month.
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