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Friday, March 4, 2011

PizzaHacker Launches Weekly Pop-Up at The Corner

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 2:45 PM

click to enlarge PizzaHacker's Jeff Krupman fires up the grill he transforms into a sidewalk pizza oven. - DAVE FAYRAM/FLICKR
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  • PizzaHacker's Jeff Krupman fires up the grill he transforms into a sidewalk pizza oven.

PizzaHacker Jeff Krupman, the man behind the Frankenweber, says he's been asking restaurants and bakeries if he could take over their dark nights for about six years now. Last week, Krupman launched a regular Tuesday night gig at the Corner, which recently morphed into a venue for regular weekly pop-ups.

click to enlarge The margherita. - COLEYPAULINE/FLICKR

Although Krupman's modified pizza grill sits outside, diners at the Corner can order pizzas, appetizers, and drinks inside the restaurant. Last Tuesday, Krupman offered his standard marinara and margherita pizzas alongside a salad with radicchio, apples, carrots, and chickpeas, and tiramisu made by Aron Hegyi of Outstanding in the Field. Krupman tells SFoodie he hopes to collaborate with more chefs and street-food friends for future dinners, including Bi-Rite's Morgan Maki, Jilli Ice Cream, and KitchenSidecar. And he's planning a Vietnamese-themed night, showcasing banh mi-inspired pizzas next to more traditional Vietnamese fare.

On Mar. 24, PizzaHacker premieres a monthly pop-up at La Victoria, with larger pizzas cooked in the gas-fired deck oven, which heats up to a roaring 650 degrees. "The oven is going to be a huge difference," Krupman says. "It'll be more conducive to takeout pizzas."

All the extras come at a cost. Diners at the Corner pay an extra $3 per pie to cover Krupman's rental costs. A pop-up marinara pizza goes for $13, a margherita $16. Krupman estimates that approximately 50 people showed up for his first dinner at the Corner last week.

PizzaHacker at the Corner: 2199 Mission (at 18th St.). Tue., 6-9 p.m.

Follow us on Twitter at @sfoodie, and like us on Facebook. Valerie Luu tweets at @valerieluu and at @littleknock, her Vietnamese street-food venture.

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