Bringing Dreams to Life

It’s been quite the year for restaurants, and the busiest yet for the elves over here at ABC License Company. Eater SF is right, it El Niño-ed Michelin stars in SF (congrats to Kusakabe, Mourad, Atelier Crenn, Aster, & Lazy Bear from our fab client list btw).  We’re extremely proud to have helped so many dreams become a reality this year.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite 2015 openings, in no particular order:

Cala
One of the most innovative projects we’ve worked on with their progressive hiring strategy of staffing with individuals who have a conviction history, a move inspired by GM Emma Rosenbush. This is helping address the staff shortage so many Bay Area restaurants are finding while doing a social good, all in a very much for-profit environment. And the food is excellent. Amazing work that these boss ladies are doing.

149 Fell Street, San Francisco
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Oro
Their family-style, blind tasting menu is one of the best social dinner activities we’ve tried, and we love the bar program here. Whether you go with a seasonal cocktail or explore the impressive wine list, passion comes through here in every aspect of the experience.

8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco
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Delarosa
Team Paganini strikes again with the downtown outpost of Delarosa. It’s always so inspiring to watch Back of the House, Inc. navigate expansions; their restaurant business acumen is unparalleled.  And this is easily BART-able for us, because Oakland.

37 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco
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Calavera
Speaking of Oakland, there is some KILLER Oaxacan food at 23rd & Broadway. There’s a wall of tequila & mezcal to explore and the Queso Flameado Con Huitlacoche appetizer is life-changing.

2337 Broadway, Oakland
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Teleferic Barcelona
A little further east and you’ll find phenomenal Basque food in Walnut Creek! Their 2nd floor patio is perfect for a leisurely meal under the stars in the Basque tradition.

1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek
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SF Wine School
Their new facility in South San Francisco is elegant and spacious, the perfect place to delve a little (or a whole hell of a lot) deeper into your wine education. If this helps keep the Bay Area one of the most knowledgeable wine regions in the world, you can be sure we are 100% behind it!

415 Grand Ave, Suite 301, South San Francisco
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Aster
Brett Cooper’s new spot is gorgeous and approachable. Definitely save room for dessert.

1001 Guerrero, San Francisco
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Coco Frio
Venezuelan cuisine by a chef formerly of Nobu, A16, Quince & Coi? What more do you need to know? Full bar & tasting menu option, because one of our resolutions is to make less decisions in the new year.

2937 Mission Street, San Francisco
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What does 2016 have in store?

We can’t wait to announce some of the projects we’re lining up for next year…

Hope you’re enjoying your holiday season however you like it best.

ABC License Company