Quantcast

La Mediterranee earns legacy and green business statuses, plans menu revamp

Vanick Der Bedrossian (center) with managing partners Alicia Vanden Heuvel (left) and Trevor Ledergerber (right). | Photo: Courtesy of La Mediterranee

By Alisa Scerrato - Published on March 06, 2020.

A few weeks ago, the building that houses the Castro location of La Mediterranee (288 Noe St.) went up for sale, causing concern among some neighbors.

The Mediterranean restaurant’s co-owner, Vanick Der Bedrossian (the building is co-owned by his father, Levon Der Bedrossian), said they listed it just to feel out the market — and having done so, he recently took down the listing. Even in the event of a sale, he said, the restaurant wouldn’t have gone anywhere.

In fact, La Mediterranee — which started at 2210 Fillmore St. in 1979 and has since expanded to the Castro, Berkeley (2936 College Ave.), and a catering facility in North Beach (1624 Powell St.) — received SF Legacy Business status in 2019, to help ensure its future.

It's also updating itself for the modern era, earning certified green business status from the SF Green Business Program and tweaking its menu to add new items.

Interior of the Castro location. | Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline

In order to earn green business status, La Mediterranee now powers all of its restaurants with renewable energy and LED lighting. Its takeout containers and supplies have been revamped to be fully compostable, and its menu has been re-centered on local, sustainable producers — Mary’s chickenSuperior Farms lamb and beef from a pasture rental in Oregon

Der Bedrossian said that the changes stemmed from his personal preference for being more environmentally responsible, as well as the tastes of younger generations.

“Personally, I’ve been taking a personal approach to zero waste," he said.

Some menu items will also change: the plan is to offer more mini appetizers and small plates at an affordable price, such as baked pita chips brushed with olive oil and za'atar, served with a cucumber-yogurt djajiki dip and a harissa, tomato and walnut dip. 

Another new addition is lamb shawarma, which might appear as a lunch special but eventually be extended to dinner. 

Der Bedrossian said that each location is unique and has its own menu and clientele, so the new additions will vary slightly.

Salad Mediterranee. | Photo: Alisa Scerrato/Hoodline

As far as the Castro location is concerned, Der Bedrossian said it has a strong following in the neighborhood and partners with a number of nonprofits for fundraisers. 

The business is rolling out changes at its Fillmore location today, and will be transitioning them to its other restaurants in the coming weeks. 

About 15 hours ago
San Francisco Mission Bay

New Belgium Brewing opens first company flagship restaurant and taproom in Mission Bay

Sandwiched between Oracle Park and the Chase Center, New Belgium Brewing — one of the largest craft brewers in the country — officially opened its first company-owned and operated taproom and eatery, New Belgium, at 1000a 3rd Street in San Francisco on Friday.  Read More

About 20 hours ago
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Team with Saison ties set to open Mexican restaurant Comodo in the Castro

Hoodline has learned that two people who are part of the restaurant group behind two-Michelin-starred Saison are set to open a new Mexican restaurant at 2223 Market St., formerly Nomica and before that neighborhood favorite 2223 Restaurant. Read More

About 20 hours ago
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

New Tenderloin program aims to elevate youth voices and promote young leaders

The Tenderloin will see a boost in after-school and community activities for teens and older transitional-aged youth through a new program funded in part by a federal grant. Read More

Apr 08, 2021
San Francisco Ingleside

New Jersey-based Korean American grocery chain H Mart set to open at the edge of Oceanview

At long last, after about an 18-month delay, popular Korean American grocer H Mart is opening its first San Francisco location in OceanView Village at a near-term date still to be announced. Read More