The exterior of the former Maharani. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

Back in August, we announced the upcoming opening of Bitters Bock And Rye in the former Maharani, which was originally slated for last October. Yeah, this is how things go in this town. Well, thanks to a friend in the neighborhood, I have learned the place is currently in soft-opening mode. There’s a full bar, with plans to brew beer on-site, and 12 to 18 beers on tap. To recap, the partners are Ron Kirkpatrick (Blur) and his wife Holly, along with Shannon Henne and Jon Boswell—they previously owned Tonic, and Tongue and Groove together.

The kitchen is just ramping up, but as we previously mentioned, chef Aaron Little’s menu will be highlighting Southern (specifically Texan) barbecue. The plan is to serve dinner late into the night (until 1am), along with an all-day weekend brunch until dinner service kicks in. This pic of the menu on Tenderlife currently reveals deviled eggs; sandwiches with barbecue brisket, chicken, and pulled pork; and sides. I didn’t hear back from owner Ron Kirkpatrick in time for confirmation on the business hours and a few other details; will update this post when we do.

1122 Post St. at Polk, 415-440-4490.

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