Bacchus Management Group, known for Spruce, opens three new restaurants in San Francisco


A group of successful Bay Area restaurants is bringing three new food businesses to San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood.

Bacchus Management Group, which runs the Michelin-starred Spruce in San Francisco and the Village Pub in Woodside, among other restaurants, will open an Italian trattoria, burger joint and old-fashioned donut shop on Mariposa Street next year. They move into the ground floor of Mason on Mariposa, a new luxury apartment complex across from Jackson Park and the historic Anchor Brewing Company building.

Tim Stannard, founding partner of Bacchus Management Group, hopes the combination of the three restaurants will meet the needs of the neighborhood. La Connessa (1695 Mariposa St.) will be a “modern take on the classic trattoria,” with traditional Italian food, lots of wine and vintage Italian liquor, according to an announcement.

Renderings of the 86-seat dining room show a moody vibe, with a half-moon bar and large windows.

Louie’s Original (1685 Mariposa St.) will be all about burgers, including Spruce’s popular burger, served on the restaurant’s homemade English muffin bun.

Spruce’s popular burger in San Francisco will be served at the owners’ new burger spot, Louie’s Original.Provided by Ed Anderson

The Louie’s menu will also include a fried chicken sandwich, vegetarian sandwich, milkshakes and soft custard. This restaurant will be casual, with an emphasis on takeout and delivery. It’s a smaller space, with 12 counter seats overlooking an open kitchen and 17 table seats.

For donuts and coffee, diners can head to Magic Donuts & Coffee (1675 Mariposa St.). Executive pastry chef Janina O’Leary, who often puts nostalgic crullers and donuts on Bacchus menus, will serve brioche and cake donuts in savory and sweet flavors. The coffee will come courtesy of Bacchus’ own beans roasted in Oakland.

Magic Donuts & Coffee, by Bacchus Management Group, will open in 2023 in San Francisco.
Magic Donuts & Coffee, by Bacchus Management Group, will open in 2023 in San Francisco.Bacchus Management Group

Bacchus hasn’t opened a new restaurant since Splashy Selby’s arrived in Redwood City in 2019. That restaurant won its first Michelin star in 2021. The group also operates the Village Bakery in Woodside and three Pizza Antica locations. Two Bacchus businesses closed during the pandemic: Mayfield Bakery & Cafe in Palo Alto and Saratoga in San Francisco.

Elena Kadvany (her) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @ekadvany


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