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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chat's Bistro to Open in Old Klein's Deli Space on Potrero Hill

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 10:29 AM

click to enlarge When it opens on (or after) Oct. 15, Chat's Bistro will offer simple breakfasts and lunches. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • When it opens on (or after) Oct. 15, Chat's Bistro will offer simple breakfasts and lunches.
Potrero Hillians who've spent the past year watching the former Klein's Deli (501 Connecticut, at 20th St.) sit depressingly empty can now breathe a sigh of relief: Chat's Bistro will be moving in soon (expected launch date: Oct. 15). Better yet, the new tenants, who also own nearby Chat's Roasting Company on Arkansas, hope to revive some of the old Klein's neighborhood vibe, which sputtered out after the site's latest occupant, Jay's, took over.

"We love children and look forward to families coming in for breakfast or our family style dinners" says the owner, who wants to remain unnamed for now, told us. Details are still sparse. Initially, Chat's will be open only for continental breakfasts, featuring what the owner calls "European-style" bread baskets, and a moderately priced lunch: soups, stews, and sandwiches heated up either in a press or the oven.

click to enlarge When it opens on (or after) Oct. 15, Chat's Bistro will offer simple breakfasts and lunches. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • When it opens on (or after) Oct. 15, Chat's Bistro will offer simple breakfasts and lunches.
Asked about any potential signature lunch items, the owner promised a standout Mediterranean-style eggplant sandwich. Eventually, weekend brunch will offer standbys like French toast, hashes, and omelets. The final phase will add dinner service, focusing on family-style dishes, also available to-go (fish stews, platters of roast beef). Beer and wine will be served from the get-go.

Read more from Alex Hochman at Urban Stomach. Follow us on Twitter at @sfoodie.

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