It may not look like much, but I received a random phone call a couple of weeks ago from the new occupants at 858 Folsom Street, and it appears that there will soon be a new addition to the fine-dining block between Fourth and Fifth.
According to the call a new restaurant named Jamber- with an emphasis on local beer and wine- will be opening in the coming months. Unfortunately, it was just an introductory call, so there isn’t much more info at this point.
It’s a great excuse to take a look at this block, though. Over the past year or so it has become quite the culinary-destination. Who knew that Folsom between Fourth and Fifth would become the starting point for the trending Folsom Street corridor, which is slated to become South of Market’s “strip” for dining and entertainment sometime in the next decade or two?
Not that it isn’t already well on its way to achieving that title with all of the great restaurants and bars that have been moving in over the past few years, but I think it will take some time before the City gets off its butt and makes it a two-way, pedestrian-friendly street.
A portion of Folsom Street, between 6th and 10th Streets, has been designated a Neighborhood Commercial Transit-oriented district (NCT) in the Western SoMa Community Plan. This would be the “ceremonial center” of the neighborhood. Historically, many small businesses have tended to give up and relocate after only a few years on Folsom Street as traffic rushes past headed towards the freeways and bridges. An NCT would be a more walkable and safe pedestrian-oriented street. By focusing new residential construction in areas where housing is already clustered, small businesses would benefit from the “critical mass” of residents that would better sustain them.
(You can read the whole post over at the SOMA Leadership Website here.)
We’ll keep you posted as more info becomes available about Jamber.
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