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Rincon Hill twisty tower is getting a wine bar, as at supervisors OK alcohol license for Mili Wine Bar

Rincon Hill twisty tower is getting a wine bar, as at supervisors OK alcohol license for Mili Wine Bar
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By Joe Kukura - Published on July 27, 2022.

We learned in March that respected local roaster Saint Frank Coffee was coming to the twisty tower at 280 Spear Street, as they’d signed a lease in that luxury condo’s ground-floor retail area. They would join the existing first-floor tenants; fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen and an fitness studio called StretchLab. The Chronicle reported at the time that “Looksie Optometry, Saint Frank Coffee and Mili Wine Bar have signed leases in the ground floor of the 400-foot tower.”

But you can’t have a wine bar without wine. And the wine will flow, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a Type 42 beer and wine sales license Tuesday night for the forthcoming Mili Wine Bar at the ground floor of 280 Spear Street at Folsom Street.  

(A Type 42 license allows for beer and wine sales only, not liquor, but does permit carry-out and to-go sales.)  

Mili Wine Bar’s application paperwork notes they will serve “wines curated from all over the world.” The application adds that “We will be the quintessential neighborhood wine bar” and that “we will serve wine and also some accompanying small plates and dessert.” 

We do not yet have a timeline on the opening of Mili Wine Bar, nor the Saint Frank Coffee. 

This was not the only alcohol license application the board approved Tuesday night. They also OK’ed an off-sale beer, wine, and liquor license for the new grocer Olive Specialty Grocery Store at Clement Street and Fourth Avenue, and a guests-only liquor sales license for Fisherman’s Wharf’s South End Rowing Club.