What's Next for Café du Nord?
By: Marcia Gagliardi
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Back in November, tablehopper was the first to file on the news that Dylan MacNiven (Woodhouse Fish Co.) was taking over the Castro’s Café Du Nord and changes were coming—and now, more details have been released. MacNiven’s partner is Enrique Landa, and they are going to partner up with none other than Ne Timeas Restaurant Group (Flour + Water, Salumeria, and Central Kitchen) and The Bon Vivants on Du Nord’s next incarnation. Yeah, the historic place (since 1908) will be in good hands, since they are all keen to honor the legacy of the location.
Over the years, the space was a saloon, a Prohibition-era speakeasy, a Basque restaurant, and most recently, a music venue and bar under owner Guy Carson. It’s currently under renovation, adding an elevator and a new kitchen, and the bar will receive a face-lift as well. Look for a reopening in the summer, under the name Du Nord, with a new dining option (Scoop mentions it will be “straightforward fare”) and a new cocktail list (again, not fussy). Stand by for more in the coming months, including details about the music programming, concerts, and events.
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