The Txoko/Naked Lunch team of Ryan Maxey and chef Ian Begg shuttered eighteen-month-old Txoko in the former Enrico's space over the holidays, but it turns out they're keeping their lease and will just do something a bit less ambitious. Today they announce the opening of Naked Lunch Pub & Grill (504 Broadway), with a party on Friday, January 11, to celebrate the switch. They're taking what had been a lunchtime, counter-service operation next door with minimal seating, and moving it into the larger space which already has a liquor license. There will still be counter service via the bar but they'll operate all day and take credit cards. "It just made sense on so many levels," Maxey tells Grub Street. "Naked Lunch has been going strong for three and a half years, and the neighborhood has responded so positively to it." Also, he tells us, they're adding a couple of pool tables and TVs.
He also adds that the possibility for pop-ups and one-off events by Maxey are certainly still in the cards. "This space is so great, there are so many things you can do with it, and Ian is truly one of the best chefs in the city."
New hours will be 11:30 a.m. "'til late," Tuesday through Sunday, with the kitchen closed between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Begg will continue to do his signature fried chicken sandwich, and add a house burger as well. Otherwise, the menu will rotate daily, and will obviously feature more casual, pub-friendly food that may go ever better with the North Beach boozing crowd than Txoko's more upscale, Spanish-inspired fare.
The opening night party on Friday will include old-school funk DJ Jon from Sweaterfunk spinning records, and two-dollar PBR and four-dollar draft beers all night, starting at 4 p.m.
Naked Lunch Pub & Grill - 504 Broadway at Kearny - Opening January 11. Regular hours: 11:30 a.m. until last call.