Telmo Faria has found a home for San Francisco’s first Portuguese restaurant.
The former Tacolicious chef has signed a lease to take over the restaurant space at 1550 Church Street, famously once the home of Incanto.
His restaurant, to be named Uma Casa, is currently slated to open in summer 2016.
The space — 75 seats in the dining, plus a bar and private dining room — is slightly bigger than Faria was seeking, but he says that the layout and neighborhood drew him in, not to mention a good relationship with his landlord, former Incanto owner Mark Pastore.
“For being a restaurant big enough to do a decent amount of volume, it didn’t feel vast, it always felt intimate,” says Faria, who has been doing pop-ups around town for the last few months. “I really like the idea of being in a neighborhood. Noe Valley has great demographics, but on that side of town, there are a lot of casual dining options but not a lot of full-service, sit-down restaurants. I think it’s under-served.”
At Uma Casa, Faria plans to offer a menu of Portuguese-inspired food, with a Bay Area tilt. Citing inspirations like Ravi Kapur (Liholiho Yacht Club) and Laurence Jossel (Nopa), he says he wants to create a neighborhood restaurant with a menu split between small, shareable plates and larger entrees that reference classic Portuguese dishes. The wine list will be predominately Portuguese as well.
He plans to redo the space, especially re-configuring the bar area, with an emphasis on creating a light, airy vibe. He hopes to open next summer.
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