After some considerable delays that first had it opening in December, and then in April, the new bakery-restaurant Maestro has finally opened at 555 Golden Gate Avenue, in the space that was once home to Stars and later Trader Vic's. It's a new venture based on Burlingame's La Bohème, which recently closed in preparation for the owners and staff to shift their efforts to this Civic Center spot with a focus on opera and symphony crowds built right into the name.
As the Scoop points out, they admit on their OpenTable page that they have "big shoes to fill" in this historic space, but ambition-wise the food seems standard chef Neil Marquis is doing a French-influenced brasserie menu, and they're offering breakfast and boxed lunches for nearby workers on the café side. The space remains pretty well intact from its Stars days, with the bar still in place, but unlike that restaurant, this one doesn't seem intent on making any sort of splash. But as the new, next-door S.F. Public Utilities Commission building gets set to open, they will certainly be filling a need.
Maestro - 555 Golden Gate Avenue near Polk - 415-551-5115 - The café opens for breakfast at 7 a.m.; the restaurant opens for lunch on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.