Food critic Bill Addison once called the downright Dallas chef John TesarSteakhouse, knife“A powerful jaunt for every budget.” Now it looks like San Francisco is about to have its own “beefy jaunt” as former top chef contest Tesar plans to expand its critically acclaimed Dallas steakhouse with a location in SF’s Metreon Center.
The Metreon is owned by Starwood Retail Concepts, also Tesar’s partner in Knife’s current expansion plans in Houston and Plano, TX. And while the chef says the deal isn’t 100 percent complete, the new restaurant could take the place of the current indoor food court, which includes operators like Sanraku and SF Soup Company.
Tesar says he plans to bring his cook-focused steakhouse mentality to the Bay Area, a style that he blends perfectly with the San Francisco lifestyle. “I intend to bring what we do in Texas to San Francisco,” Tesar told Eater SF. “We’re bringing a good steak to San Francisco. House of Prime Rib aside, I’m tired of going to places like Morton and getting robbed. ”
The magic burger at Knife Dallas Bill Addison
That vision includes hiring talent on the West Coast to run the kitchen, though Tesar says he will be performing regularly. “I will look for talent with the same sensitivity,” said Tesar. “I don’t need seven people with tweezers and a heat lamp performing an operation on a plate.” In context, the Knife Dallas menu offers an extensive selection of steaks and cuts from the 44 farms in Texas, from filet mignon to dry matured Ribeye as well as pasta, salads, burgers, a ham tasting and sloppy bacon jam with a crispy pork head, tortillas and salsas.
“I’ve wanted to work on the west coast for a long time and have a lot of chef friends there,” said Tesar. “So why shouldn’t I want to come to SF after living in Texas?”
Tesar also hopes that an outpost of its casual burger restaurant, Knife burgerwill follow its big sibling and offer a “Shake Shack-like” price for a small selection of burgers, beers and wines.
If the deal is approved and everything goes according to plan, the restaurant will open in late 2018, coinciding with the planned completion of the nearby Moscone Center expansion. Hold on for more.