Dominique Crenn Eyes SoMa, Mission for Second Restaurant [Updated]


Chef Dominique Crenn, whose restaurant Atelier Crenn opened in early 2011 and last year earned a second Michelin star, is scoping spaces in and around SoMa for a second restaurant project, according to the Chron. The news is tucked into a lengthy feature from Sunday's paper centering on the Market Square project which will ultimately be home to the AQ brasserie spinoff Bon March and the various other projects in the pipeline that intend to serve the new office and residential populations invading mid-Market. "There are not a lot of other spaces in the city anymore, but South of Market has some beautiful buildings," Crenn hints. We've reached out to her to see if the concept might be a casual one, like Daniel Patterson's unnamed mid-Market project, and will let you know when we learn more. [Chron] Update: We spoke with Crenn and she actually sounds less keen on Mid-Market and SoMa than she is on the Mission and Hayes Valley. "I'm looking. But I still may not open something." She says that if she opens something, she wants it to be "organic" and for the space to feel right, which probably means a space that isn't brand new. As for the concept, it will be a "hybrid," she hints, and will be comfortable, approachable, and smart. "The kind of food I want everyday," she says.