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SF Eats: Cellarmaker launches anniversary beers, events; Macondray to open on Polk; more

Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline
By Alisa Scerrato - Published on October 23, 2019.

Here's the latest in SF food (and beer) news. In this edition, a popular brewery celebrates its sixth anniversary with special brews and pizza, a new seafood-focused cocktail bar plots its debut on Polk and a burrito chain closes its Fisherman's Wharf outpost.

Events

SoMa/Mission

Cellarmaker Brewing Company (1150 Howard St.) & Cellarmaker House of Pizza (3193 Mission St.)

Tuesday's draft board at Cellarmaker Brewing Company. | Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline

It’s been six years since Cellarmaker Brewing Company first opened its doors in SoMa. This week, the popular brewery is hosting celebrations at both its original taproom and its newer Mission Street pizzeria, Cellarmaker House of Pizza.

Cellarmaker co-founder Tim Sciascia told Hoodline that when the business opened six years ago, it was at the ground floor of the craft beer boom. At that time, he and co-founders Connor Casey and Kelly Caveney were absorbed by just keeping up with demand, while keeping quality high.

But in recent years, they've focused on trying to provide better wages and benefits for employees, and improving the customer service experience. "Oh yeah, and we opened a pizzeria, which has been incredible," he said.

To celebrate its anniversary, the brewery will be offering both cans and draft pours of 666, a 6.66% ABV anniversary IPA brewed with oats and a blend of Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Nelson and Strata hops. A four-pack of cans is $18, while a special 666-themed T-shirt is $20.

Other special pours at the SoMa brewery this week include 2018 Strawberry Oblivion, an oak-aged sour beer made with fresh strawberries, and Mo' Strata, a crisp hoppy ale brewed with Mosaic and Strata hops.

Meanwhile, Cellarmaker House of Pizza (3193 Mission St.) is hosting two rounds of ticketed anniversary dinners tonight, at a cost of $120/person for two and a half hours of unlimited snacks and beer pours. Oysters, arancini, and poke will be among the items served, as will a first for Cellarmaker: round pizzas, in four varieties. (The pizzeria normally specializes in square, Detroit-style pies.) 

"We want to thank everyone who has supported us over these past six years," Sciascia said. "We feel incredibly lucky to be able to bring you our craft, which we can’t do without continued support."

Openings

Polk Gulch

Macondray (2209 Polk St.)

Inside the former bar at Bullitt. | Photo: M.T./Yelp

After a decade on Polk Street, popular bar Bullitt closed for good in August. Now, according to Eater SF, a new cocktail bar and small-plates restaurant is moving in.

Macondray comes from Jake Roberts (bar manager at Harper and Rye) and Aaron Paul (previously bar director at Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group). Both owners originally hail from Maine, and they plan to serve New England-inspired seafood like lobster rolls and oysters. A live performance license will allow for DJ nights and live musicians. 

“Our goal is to be a solid neighborhood cocktail bar,” Paul told Eater. “Nothing too weird and wild . . . just universally delicious."

For those wondering about the name, it comes from nearby Macondray Lane, the inspiration for the fictional Barbary Lane in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books. 

Expect Macondray to make its debut in November or December. 

Closings

Fisherman's Wharf

Chipotle Mexican Grill (333 Jefferson St.)

Photo: M. Stewart/Hoodline Tipline

Fisherman's Wharf tourists jonesing for a burrito bowl are out of luck: Tipster M. Stewart has altered us that the Chipotle Mexican Grill at 333 Jefferson St. has shuttered. The eatery’s signage is gone, and its windows are papered up; a phone call to the location went unanswered.

Chipotle fans on the city's north side will have to make a longer commute for their fix: almost all of the chain's other San Francisco locations are in the Financial District, with the closest at California and Davis streets. 


Thanks to tipster M. Stewart! If you've seen something new (or closing) in the neighborhood, text your tips and photos to (415) 200-3233, or email [email protected] If we use your info in a story, we'll give you credit.

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