New Wine Bar, La Movida, And Pal's Takeaway Will Open Under One Mission Rooftop

Carolyn Alburger | July 8, 2013 | Story Restaurants

A new wine bar called La Movida is gearing up to open on 24th Street just blocks from 20 Spot, the other new wine bar in the neighborhood. Smart move: The owner, Michael Meadows, a first time restaurant owner, is bringing on two pros to help him with the food.

The latest addition is chef Michael Mauschbaugh, chef-founder of Sous Buerre Kitchen, an approachable Cal-French pop-up restaurant that’s planning to go permanent at 2704-2708 24th Street later this year. (But that’s another story entirely.) Here at La Movida, Mauschbaugh is helping Meadows with his menu of “tapas,” meant to go with the wine bar's twelve California wines on tap, three draft beers, and ample bottle selection. San Francisco magazine snagged a first look at all cheese, charcuterie and small plates. As you can see here, there are nods to Spain; seasonal, local ingredients, and even a Wise Sons’ challah bun thrown in there for good measure.

Now this might confuse some people: At lunch, Jeff Mason of Pal’s Takeaway—famous for pushing out collaborative sandwiches with Nopa and Dynamo Donuts—will be serving a tightly curated daily changing sandwich selection. Mason had a huge following at his shop at 2751 24th Street, which was forced to close up in the beginning of June. The larger prep areas at La Movida will enable him to up his daily sandwiches from three to five.

All day long, beers and wines will be sourced from California, save for one wine from Oregon’s Owen Roe on tap. The beer list will include hyper-local brands like Calicraft, Cerveceria de Mateveza, and Almanac Beer Co.

Take a moment to check out the redesign of the old El Delfin space above. Meadows and his designer Alon Picker worked hard to repurpose as much as they could from the colorful murals that used to adorn the walls. Although they were in disrepair, the team was able to repurpose the art as composites on glass to decorate the tables. The space’s 49 seats comprise two- and four-person tables, bar seating and a lounge area in back. Meadows may work on outdoor seating down the line. As of today, the plan is to fire up for business on Thursday of this week, although that may change depending how things go with The City over the next few days. Check La Movida’s website and Facebook for updates.

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