Michael Mina spin-off Bar Sprezzatura opens in downtown SF

by admin

A new Italian aperitivo bar is bringing negroni sbagliatos, spritzes and Venetian bar snacks to enliven San Francisco’s struggling Financial District. Bar Sprezzatura, opening Monday night, Nov. 21, comes from TableOne Hospitality, partly owned by chef Michael Mina’s vast restaurant group.

Located in 1 Maritime Plaza, on the second floor of a 25-story tower adjacent to Embarcadero Center, the bar appears to be banking on the return of office workers to downtown San Francisco. The area is seeing only about 36% the level of pre-pandemic foot traffic, according to estimates from Downtown SF Partnership, a nonprofit promoting the area.

“Obviously there’s an opportunity to help fortify what’s happening in downtown San Francisco,” said TableOne CEO Patric Yumul. “I think it’s going to take businesses and restaurants opening up … but it’s also going to take a resurgence of the workforce to come back and restore it to its heyday.”

Yumul started working with 1 Maritime Plaza before the pandemic, in 2019, to develop a new restaurant space. Because the space does not have a “traditional kitchen,” he said, he started to think about opening a spot with a simpler food menu and more elaborate drink menu.

Bar Sprezzatura has an entire section of its menu devoted to Negroni variations.

Courtesy Galdones Photography

He and TableOne’s corporate chef, David Varley, knew they wanted to do something Italian-themed. They traveled to Italy, spending three weeks in Rome, Sicily, Venice and other cities, meeting with chefs and researching different types of regional cuisine. 

Related Posts

Leave a Comment