San Francisco is no novice to the pop-up scene – we see pop-ups featured on every to-do newsletter, email, and date night suggestion. But there is a method to the pop-up surgence that is rooted less in creating exclusive, in-the-know opportunities and more in background logistics, permits, and labor laws.
Aster, the latest restaurant slated to open next month at 22nd and Guerrero, is the newest venture from the Daniel Patterson Group, who of course oversee Coi. In the midst of preparing for the grand opening, Chef Brett Cooper (of Outerlands fame), popped up at Coi for the last four Mondays, when Coi is usually closed. While he was able to test dishes by way of a four-course prix-fixed menu, I had to the opportunity to eat during one of those nights and preview what Aster will be like.