After the Mission street pop up dinner venue at The Corner, was shutdown last year for not having the proper permits. Some startup food vendors found themselves scrambling to find a new home. A few well organized vendors had a “plan B” in the works, and were able to transition into permanent homes, like Ken Ken Ramen and Cathead’s BBQ. While the rest were left in limbo, hoping a restaurant or bar would allow them use of a kitchen.
Those prayers were answered recently, when the owners of Coffee Bar offered to rent their fully operational kitchen space at 1599 Howard Street, on the corner with 12th street. This will be a future 3rd location of the local cafe chain, but in the meantime the takeout window will serve as a temporary home for pop up vendors.
The current batch of vendors includes a good variety of foods: delicious pork belly burgers from Chef Tom Pizzica’s Belly Burgers, bun rieu – Vietnamese crab omelet noodle soup from Soup Junkie, hearty soul food from Good Foods Catering, Seoul Patch’s Korean chicken sandwich, plates of corned beef and pastrami from Jablow’s Meats, Bayou by the Bay’s NOLA specialties: shrimp and grits, beignets, and bacon apple fritters, Sweet Jo’s biscuits and chili from chef Joanna Karlinsky, and Flour & Water’s Salumeria with charcuterie sandwiches. Plus 2 brand new food vendors: Maite Catering features tapas blending Colombian, Asian and European cuisines, and new urban BBQ vendor City Smoke House. Vendors seeking available time slots should contact the manager at Coffee Bar.
So far only 2 vendors have daytime hours, most serve dinner only, and a few are open late until 2 am. Cash only. The schedule with specific times and dates for each particular food vendor is posted at Coffee Bar’s event calendar.
Photo Credit: Luis Chong, buttermilk fried chicken and sweet potato waffle.