Dandelion Chocolate Opens Today; Chocolate Lab Opens Friday

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The counter at Dandelion Chocolate, with the factory in the rear. Photo: Courtesy of Dandelion Chocolate

Following a few delays, today marks the grand opening of Dandelion Chocolate's retail operation at 740 Valencia. As we've previously reported, it's a venture by former tech entrepreneurs Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring and had previously been wholesale only, with a factory in the Potrero. Now, both the factory and a retail café have come to Valencia Street, in the same former auto-body complex that's now home to Abbot's Cellar and Craftsman & Wolves. The café won't actually be operational for a couple of weeks, but soon, in addition to chocolate bars, you can expect brownies and cookies and such from former Fifth Floor pastry chef Phil Ogiela. And that's not the only chocolate-centric business debuting this week...

Recchiuti Confections' Chocolate Lab (801 22nd Street), which is both a sweet and savory café, opens Friday in Dogpatch. Here's the menu, and stay tuned for some photos shortly.

Dandelion Chocolate - 740 Valencia between 18th and 19th - 415-349-0942 - Open initially Wednesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chocolate Lab - 801 22nd Street at Tennessee - 415-489-2881 - Opening November 16

Earlier: Chocolate Lab, From Recchiuti, Coming to Dogpatch in November
Dandelion Chocolate to Open Later This Month on Valencia