San Francisco’s hit Greek restaurant is about a month away from opening its biggest location in the city. Souvla has taken over the large space at 2505 Third Street in the Dogpatch. It is the site of the shuttered Magnolia Brewing Co., which closed earlier this year after Magnolia's acquisition by New Belgium Brewing, as reported by SFist.
According to Souvla’s website, the new location will open in mid-August — earlier reports had it opening by June. The opening will mark the fifth restaurant in San Francisco since the inception of its Hayes Valley location in 2014. A location in Marin is also expected to open shortly after the Dogpatch location, which was first reported by the SF Chronicle in March.
Former Magnolia Brewing Co. Location. | Photo Credit: @magnoliabrewing/Instagram
Souvla has been known for its fast-casual menu of wraps and salads featuring chicken, pork, and lamb, along with sides like Greek fries, but the menu at the Dogpatch location is expected to be a bit larger to accommodate the roomier venue. The space has 60 seats, including a marble bar with seating for 10. Like the other Souvla locations, Greek wine will still be in the spotlight, but the Dogpatch space will offer a bigger selection of wines by the glass — like Megas Oenos red wine from Domaine Skouras which is only available by the bottle at the other locations. CEO Charles Bililies, who also trains his employees on the wines Souvla sells, told the Chronicle that Megas Oenos is “literally the wine that put Greek wine on the international wine map some 20 years ago. There’s always been this ancillary goal behind Souvla to really evangelize Greek wines.”
The expanded menu has not been released, but expect to see a new selection of bar snacks along the lines of spinach hand-pies and plant-based "lamb" meatballs. The location should help the Dogpatch continue in its path toward high-key trendiness, thanks to the addition of other new businesses like Restoration Hardware and its proximity to Chase Center. Bililies calls it “one of the most exciting neighborhoods in San Francisco right now.”
Stay tuned to the Souvla Instagram account for next month’s opening date.