The Mission District is getting a high-tech indoor miniature golf course this May, complete with a bar and restaurant, to complement its other indoor sports offerings in the neighborhood.
Urban Putt will offer a 14-hole golf course on South Van Ness Ave. and 22nd St. with a restaurant upstairs serving comfort food classics.
The new space was created by Steve Fox, a tech journalist who’s resume includes time as editorial director of PC World and CNET and editor in chief at InfoWorld.
Fox and his wife Leslie Crawford hosted miniature golf benefits in their house in 1993, which led to Steve’s decision to open Urban Putt, according to a release announcing the scheduled May 5 opening.
Visitors can expect a “technically-sophisticated playground for people of all ages where imagination has free reign and all of the senses are engaged” with an interior design that is “part Jules Vern, part Rube Goldberg, that some might describe as ‘steampunk.’”
The restaurant space, named UP @ Urban Putt and located on a second floor above the golf course, will be operated by Chef Dane Boryta, former chef owner of North Beach’s Bottlecap restaurant. Dishes will include Canadian favorite poutine with duck confit and cornmeal crust, deep dish Chicago-style pizzas. On the greens, hungry golfers can munch on finger-food friendly corn dogs, fried green olives, chicken and waffle skewers and pretzel sticks.
Two bars will offer soju, beer and wine cocktails with a menu managed by Colin Carroll, who previously worked locally at Elixir Saloon and Paul K Restaurant.
Sorry, kids, Urban Putt is +21 only after 8pm.
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