Do you like your dinner with a side of art?
A new restaurant and bar plans to bring the two together in Nob Hill. The venture — called Canvas Artistry — will fill a long-standing vacancy at 3120 Central SE, taking over what’s left of the old Vivace space.
Co-owner Jesus Gomez said the new place will focus on international street food — a general style that might encompass anything from tacos to fideo, he said — and, with a full liquor license, will emphasize creativity in its cocktails.
Gomez said art will play a key role in the venue, with the 80-seat space showcasing a rotating array of artwork in a range of mediums.
“We just want to expose (guests) to different art forms in a different setting and I think people will appreciate it a little more because of the ambiance and setting,” said Gomez, a first-time restaurant owner who has a background in hospitality.
Canvas Artistry moves into the eastern section of the old Vivace in the heart of Nob Hill. (Bistronomy B2B took over the western part a few years ago.) The space, empty since 2012, was originally plotted as a new location for Chez Bob, but owner Bob Maw called off that plan last year.
Renovation work has begun at the site, and Gomez said he is aiming for a summer launch.
Building upon the brand identity of Nob Hill as safe, walkable and interesting is a big reason behind a push to establish a Business Improvement District and levy a tax on commercial property owners along a just over one-mile stretch of Central Avenue, said one of its proponents.
“Why are we distinct from everywhere else?” said Walt Arnold, member of the Nob Hill BID Steering Committee. “Build on that and I think, over time, the payback will be good.”
A BID requires the approval of 51 percent of the affected property owners through a petition. In Nob Hill’s proposed district, there are about 160 commercial property owners in the 44-block area straddling Central from Girard east to just past Washington.
The petition drive is underway. The steering committee plans to submit the petition, BID plan and letters of support to the City Council for final approval in October.
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