Big news to kick off the new year. The team behind the revitalization of North Beach's beloved Tosca Cafe has turned to another local icon. Inside Scoop has the news today that Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, the New York restauranteur and chef who remodeled Tosca in 2013, has signed a lease on former strip club The Lusty Lady.
Its new incarnation won't be a strip club and it won't be named the Lusty Lady, but Friedman told ISSF that he wants to incorporate some of the "seediness" that the original locale had, and maybe some peep show elements as well (though drinkers will be peeping bartenders, not naked ladies).
The team is currently in an extensive buildout/remodel of the building with architect Seth Boor (The Mill, Southern Pacific Brewing Co.), and says it should open in the second half of this year. There will be cocktails, bar snacks, and wine, and as Inside Scoop noted, it shares a wall with Tosca so should serve as a nice overflow spot for when the restaurant is busy. And Bloomfield and Friedman thus become the new patron saints of North Beach preservation.