Ever since Cascadia closed (when chef Kerry Sear was enticed to return to the Four Season) and Taberna del Alabardero decamped mid-2011, the grand space at First & Battery has remained empty.
But now, thanks to a sharp-eyed tipster who spotted realtor Conrad Topacio showing the property to potential buyers, Eater can confirm that yes, indeed, there's a new restaurant in the works. The "concept" (can we retire that word, please?) is "Italian" and the newcomer is described as an "experienced operator" (another term we should retire).
Developing. Have any more intel on this "experienced operator"? Do hit up the tipline.