A Scandinavian eatery has filed plans with the city to open in a laundromat space on upper Market Street in San Francisco’s Castro district.
Called Kantine SF, the restaurant would replace the Little Hollywood Launderette at 1906 Market Street. Next door to the ground floor space in the Art Deco apartment building is the Orbit Room cocktail bar and pizza eatery.
Around the corner on Laguna Street is the new LGBT senior housing complex and the offices of LGBT senior services provider Openhouse where a café is slated to open in a space at the intersection of Laguna and Hermann streets. A block north on Market Street is the LGBT Community Center, which re-opened this week after an extensive renovation.
According to documents filed with the planning department, the new restaurant’s owners are Joachim Majholm, an investor who is the founder and CEO of Majholm Media Aps, and chef Nichole Accettola, who has been selling her Danish open-faced sandwiches – called smørrebrød – and sprouted rye bread at the weekly Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. She has also been holding pop-up brunches and dinners in different locations.
The menu for a recent pop-up dinner held in New York’s Hudson Valley included Scandinavian-style frittata with roasted mushrooms, cabbage and caraway; trout rillettes with pickled red onion on homemade sprouted rye bread; hay-smoked fresh cheese, roasted beets, sprouts and horseradish; and cardamom-spiced Swedish knots.
As for the brunch menus, Accettola explains in a post on the Kantine website that she takes inspiration from one of her favorite spots in Copenhagen, Denmark where its “fabulous brunch” consists of small plates, similar to a tapas menu.
“I adore that little-bit-of-this, little-bit-of-that way of eating, and it’s my source of inspiration for my Scandinavian brunch events,” states Accettola. “Some of the dishes will be savory, others will be sweet, and all are made in the spirit of my forthcoming restaurant Kantine: simple, chockfull of flavors, and made from the best local ingredients.”
Last October the San Francisco Chronicle’s Inside Scoop food column had reported that Accettola, who lived in Copenhagen for 15 years and was formerly the chef at Nopa, was in lease negotiations to open a breakfast and lunch restaurant. Kantine’s website says the restaurant doors are set “to open in Fall 2017.”
The restaurant owners filed their building permit request in early February and will need to secure a change in use for the location from a laundry to a food establishment. The remodel of the space is estimated to cost $150,000, according to planning, and will include demolition of the existing laundry facilities in order to install a kitchen, new restroom, and create a roughly 600 square foot dining room. Eating counters will front the Market Street windows.
The neon sign for the Laundromat would be removed, according to the plans, as would the awning over the entrance to the storefront. Berkeley-based architect Chris Sullivan is overseeing the renovation plans.
A call Thursday evening to the phone number for Kantine listed on the plans submitted to the city went directly to voicemail. The Bay Area Reporter will update this post when the restaurant owners respond.