Fermentation Lab is set to open a second restaurant in Japantown later

The Brewing Lab, a San Francisco bar beloved for pickled foods and the occasional strong beverage, will expand from its 6,000-square-foot mid-market location and open another restaurant in Japantown soon.

The restaurant—which makes a wide range of in-house pickle products, such as cabbage salad, pickle spears, and fermented onion rounds—opened in early 2017 at the current 1230 Market Street address. Since then, the big downtown go-to for all things brewed has been enjoying constant popularity and positive comments from the local media.

After the success of the first location, Fermentation Lab is now expected to open a second restaurant in Japantown before the end of the year, which will double as a “people feel at home” place.

“Everyone thinks I’m crazy to open another place in town when [the pandemic] It was very challenging,” Jenny Kim, one of the partners behind Brewing Lab — the other is Jacob Przybzewski — told SF Business Times. Kim discussed the middle-market region and its struggles amid the opioid crises, homelessness, the absence of foot traffic from Dolby headquarters and Twitter, and now After most of these employees have worked remotely.” “I just saw an opportunity, and it’s really important to me to create a space where people feel at home.”

The futuristic Japantown space at 1700 Post Street has hosted many businesses over the years – including Denny’s location and most recently a Japanese restaurant that was permanently closed before the pandemic started. It has also now been vacant for three years, but Kim negotiated a deal with the owner.

Kim is also the owner of SAMS American Eatery, next to the brewing lab at 1220 Market Street; It is temporarily closed for ongoing renovations. The simple and laid-back restaurant is expected to reopen in June.

Kim notes that the new location could expand to include international dishes prepared with fermentation. The original brewery in downtown SF features a wall of delicious pickles that greet customers, reminding patrons of the health benefits associated with this type of food preservation—”there is a lot of goodness and health in brewing,” Kim said. It’s unclear if something unique will echo the design of the Japantown restaurant.

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