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Popular Gastropub “Monk’s Kettle” Leaving SF After 16 Years

The craft beer bar will moving to a larger space in Oakland, tentatively opening in early fall 2024
By - posted 4/12/2024 No Comment

Thanks to Eater SF for sharing the news that The Monk’s Kettle is saying goodbye to San Francisco and hello to Oakland.

After more than 16 years, the popular craft beer gastropub will be moving its original location from 16th Street in the Mission to 5484 College Ave, Oakland in Rockridge.

The Monk’s Kettle announced:

“We will be taking over the space that formerly held Citron, next to À Côté, two blocks south of the Rockridge BART station. The 16th St location will remain open through early summer, with the opening in Rockridge planned for this fall.

The lease for the 16th Street space expired in February, but was extended while negotiations on a new lease continued. Concurrent with these discussions, a search for other options was also explored in the case that lease negotiations in SF did not work out. Though the SF negotiations went well, in the end, the move to Rockridge proved the better option for a variety of reasons, including a larger space in an excellent neighborhood. The Monk’s Kettle SF is currently on a temporary lease with plans to remain open through June.

The Rockridge location will feature an open floor plan that creates one big great room for the bar and dining room, adding a few more seats than the Mission location with a layout that is more spacious and wide-open. Additionally, there will be a large back deck (seating roughly 30) featuring an inground lemon tree and an overhead trellis; a roof above the trellis allows the deck to be used year-round. And finally, there are parklets in front of the restaurant to further add to the seating capacity.

Currently, the landlord of the Rockridge space is doing some minimal work on this former restaurant space, for a turnkey handover early this summer. Our expectation is that the Mission location will be open through June, but updates will be forthcoming. After closing the Mission, we will move some key items from SF, including the iconic lionhead back bar, and execute some cosmetic renovations, with an expected opening in Oakland in early fall.

During our last months in SF, we will be running a series of specials, events, and cellar sales. Chef Raiden will be digging through old menus, and starting in May, will feature weekly specials of dishes from the past 16 years. These dishes will be featured alongside vintage beers from our cellar from that year. Near the end of our tenure, we will have a final cellar sale, which will feature rare and highly sought-after beers dating back to 2008. Events and specials will be posted on our social media channels.

“We have some big news to share, folks. After 16+ years, our time in The Mission will be coming to a close this summer. The Monk’s Kettle will be moving to College Ave in Rockridge, Oakland. Details are in an announcement linked in our bio (as well as an essay that add lots of context).

About the Monk’s Kettle:
Opened in 2007, the Monk’s Kettle is a craft beer and wine tavern in San Francisco’s Mission District. Our top-notch beer list and from-scratch kitchen have won us numerous awards and honors. The Monk’s Kettle is currently open noon to midnight, outdoor and indoor seating, in San Francisco’s Mission District.


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