The opening of Stoa, a new cocktail and snack spot in Lower Haight, San Francisco, is an exciting addition to the area’s food and beverage scene. With Allyson Jossel, a veteran in the industry, leading the way along with her team from Nopalito, it promises to be an intriguing venture.
What Stands Out:
- Interior Design: Stoa pays homage to classical architecture, evidenced by its name, which refers to a column-lined portico. The design itself seems understated but thoughtful, featuring brass-colored ceiling tiles and Tiffany-esque stained glass light fixtures.
- Limited but Intimate Seating: There’s limited table seating to maintain an intimate setting, fitting about 4-6 people at front tables, a couple in the back, a few banquette seats in the center, and a 12-14 seat bar area.
- Extensive Cocktail Menu: Their three-page cocktail menu spans a wide range, from complex, low-ABV selections to more vibrant and fruity highball drinks. Specialty drinks like the “Hedge Maze” and “Rickey Ricardo” are already drawing attention.
- Food Menu: The food menu is led by Chef de Cuisine Joji Sumi, with contributions from original Nopalito chef Gonzalo Guzman. Although it focuses on small plates, the offerings, such as the sea salt-grilled pork collar and congee with braised chicken, indicate a blend of Asian and Mexican influences.
- Schedule: The bar is tailored to the restaurant industry crowd, being open on Mondays when many other venues are closed. They plan to introduce outdoor seating, which could further add to its appeal.
- Location: Stoa takes over the space previously occupied by Black Sands Brewery and Fort Point’s Lower Haight outlet. The location already has a following, which could be a great advantage.
A Few More Details:
- The Team: The collaboration between various industry veterans, especially those with a background at Nopalito and Nopa, brings in a level of expertise and culinary understanding that’s promising.
- Bustling Atmosphere: Even on its opening night, the place was packed by 6 p.m., indicating the neighborhood’s enthusiasm for this new establishment.
- Hours of Operation: Open Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight; and Sunday to Monday from 4 to 11 p.m. They will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
It’s a noteworthy venture that could soon become a local hotspot for quality drinks and bites. Whether you’re looking for a place to unwind after work or a new gastronomic adventure, Stoa seems like a place to watch.