Peter Glikshtern, the brains behind the forthcoming Jones in the lower level of the Gaylord Suites (620 Jones Street), has his sights set on something a little more adult than his earlier ventures, which include Club Six, Mighty, and Som. "I'm trying to grow up like everyone else," he tells Grub Street. "I've got a kid now. I can't be at work until 5 a.m. every night." Thus the plan for the brand new restaurant/lounge is upscale and mellow, catering to an after-work crowd with occasional corporate and special events.
Grub Street first caught wind of the Jones plan back in April, and now Glikshtern explains that the place won't be a big club, but he does want to take full advantage of the space's most unique asset: a huge courtyard terrace, hidden away behind an adjacent building, that extends all the way to Geary and overlooks the street from the second story (see slideshow). It looks to be big and grand enough to outshine both Americano and Medjool as far as al fresco drinking options go.
They're still in the process of pouring fresh concrete floors, installing several new staircases, and a series of large glass doors facing the terrace that are going to blur the lines between outside and in. "We're also putting in a glass gazebo bar out there," Glikshtern explains. "And two bars inside. Also, there's going to be a full kitchen, and I'm in negotiations now with a chef. I can't say who just yet. But he's a name chef, with a restaurant, and he just has to clear the deal with his investors."
Also in the works:
a cocktail menu from the Bon Vivants (Scott Baird and Josh Harris). Update: Looks like the cocktail program won't be coming from those fellows.
Glikshtern and business partner Jeff Whitemore hope to have the place open by early August, and simultaneously the two are working on a big new club space in the Mission called The Public Works, at 161 Erie. "It'll basically be like Mighty, but in the Mission," he says. Look for that to open around the same time, by late July or early August.
Earlier: Jones, a New Club/Lounge, Is Coming to the Tenderloin [Grub Street]