Summer Sewell of The Bold Italic has posted a great roundup of San Francisco’s pop-up restaurants–temporary eateries whose chefs avoid the trouble and expense of a permanent location by setting up shop in host venues, usually for just one meal or one day at a time.
In 2010, The New York Times wrote about San Francisco pop-ups and Mission Street Food, an early pop-up success story.
For a cluster of adventurous chefs, both emerging and established, pop-ups are the opportunity to get their idea of the perfect plate from conception to the table, without the investment or bureaucracy of a conventional restaurant. They get in, blow your mind with a few stand-out dishes, and get out.
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