Let the record show that Bernalwood was a fan of the Hillside Supper Club even before it was cool.
We witnessed it’s ascent back in the days when it was just a fledgling popup called the Bernal Supper Club. We were there during the Disapora Year, when the Supper Club wandered from venue to venue in the hipster-encrusted flatlands of the Mission. We cheered when HSC found a more permanent home in Bernal Heights, and we smiled knowingly as Chefs Tony and Jonathan nurtured a sterling reputation for making yumolicious food. Then came the plan to open up fulltime inside the (former) Cafe Cozzolino space on Precita Park, and now the grand opening date has finally been announced: January 23, 2013.
EaterSF scored more details:
Hillside Supper Club main man Tony Ferrari writes today to say that he and business partner Jonathan Sutton have signed a lease at Caffe Cozzolino, where they’ve been staging pop-ups for the past year or so. Now, Cozzolino’s owners of 30 years are ready to pass the torch to the next generation, and thanks to Kickstarter, and loads of Bernal Heights’ support, they’ll open as a full-time restaurant on January 23, with a slightly scaled up version of their regular, changing fixed price menus of “rustic California fare.”
The last Hillside Supper Club pop-ups will take place on the 17th and 18th of this month. Then there will be one more final hurrah on New Year’s Eve. Ferrari and Sutton will take the first two weeks of January to do a remodel of the space. They’ll turn the loft space upstairs into a communal dining area, add a Redwood bar, redo the bathrooms, add two beer taps, and repaint everything. The decor will encompass light walls, dark charcoal wood beams and tinted Mason jars used as sconces on the walls.
This is joyous news, both for Chefs Tony and Jonathan, and for all the residents of Greater Precitaville.
Meanwhile, this is also an interesting moment in the grand sweep of Bernal Heights history. Consider: The opening of the Hillside Supper Club will represent an almost unimaginable transformation for this commercial space at the corner of Folsom and Precita, which was, not all that long ago, a notoriously rowdy biker bar plagued by a weird spelling mistake and a scandalous reputation. Oh, how times change.
PHOTO: Chef Jonathan Sutton preparing to open for a popup evening, May 2012. By Telstar Logistics