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Published on May 23, 2024
Revamped Park Tavern Set to Reopen in San Francisco Under New Management With Refreshed MenuSource: Google Street View

San Francisco's culinary landscape is witnessing the revival of a neighborhood favorite as the defunct Park Tavern prepares to open its doors once again, but this time with a twist in the tale—a reinstatement under former partner and ex-husband of owner Anna Weinberg, James Nicholas. As reported by SFist, Nicholas, who parted ways professionally and personally with Weinberg, is set to breathe new life into the once-bustling eatery at 1652 Stockton Street.

According to SFist, Nicholas signed the lease to take over the space, which has been silent since its closure last year. Park Tavern, renowned for its brasserie flair and decade-long tenure as a staple of the North Beach community, had been embroiled in a legal tussle following an eviction notice over alleged unpaid rents—events that led to its widely publicized shutdown.

Details provided by the San Francisco Chronicle suggest that Nicholas is cooperating with the restaurant's original chef, Jennifer Puccio, to steer the establishment in a new direction. They're planning a refresh in aesthetics and gastronomy, with Puccio set to introduce a revamped menu in collaboration with celebrated New York chef Jonathan Waxman. Park Tavern's revival under Nicholas will also see the return of familiar favorites, accompanied by creative Californian 'tavern' dishes, steering clear of the typical North Beach 'red sauce' joints.

"Park Tavern gets to persist," Nicholas said in the San Francisco Chronicle. The renewed Park Tavern aims to reignite its spark with an early October reopening. Interior designer Jon de la Cruz is spearheading the rejuvenation efforts, restoring elements like a communal table and wooden ceiling beams removed in a prior renovation.

Meanwhile, the legal skirmish involving Park Tavern's previous ownership changes still looms in the backdrop, with a trial date set for March 2025, as reported by SFist