Now that Michael Chiarello has conquered Napa (with the extremely popular Bottega), the star chef has now set his sights on San Francisco, with plans to open a Spanish restaurant.
According to the SF Chronicle, Chiarello has signed a lease for a space along the Embarcadero on Pier 5, joining esteemed neighbors in La Mar and Hard Water, Charles Phan’s upcoming New Orleans-style restaurant.
From the piece by Chron’s Paolo Lucchesi: “And like the Slanted Door and La Mar nearby, Chiarello wants his place to incorporate that casual, social aspect of eating — a drop-in vibe where you can stop in for three or four small plates at the bar without making a big commitment for a sit-down dinner. Like the tapas bars of Spain.”
In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Chiarello hosts cooking shows and operates retailer NapaStyle.
Chiarello plans to open the restaurant in Spring 2013.