Confusingly, there are now two Hyatt Regency hotels in downtown San Francisco after a $70 million renovation of the former Park Central/Westin Market Street Hotel at 50 Third Street. And this summer it will host a new French-inspired brasserie from Michael Mina’s new hotel-restaurant spinoff group, TableOne Hospitality.
The restaurant is called La Société Bar and Café and as Esser got in touch first, the focus is on cocktails and classic French dishes, with both breakfast and dinner served. And it will be the centerpiece of the newly rebranded and heavily renovated Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa.
The chef is Alexandre Viriot (pictured above), who is coming to San Francisco via Hong Kong, where he was chef The Murray Hotel, in his restaurant Popinjays. As Eater notes, he previously trained under French heavyweights Guy Savoy, Joël Robuchon and Alain Ducasse.
TableOne Hospitality as Mina announced earlier this yearis his new collaboration with highgate, the hotel investment and management company that works with dozens of hotel brands across the US and Europe. Highgate owns The Alton at Fisherman’s Wharf (in one half of the former Holiday Inn) and the company acquired the former Westin property in SoMa from the Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in 2018 after Pebblebrook renamed it Park Central in 2015.
Patric Yumul, President of the Mina Group, speaking to the SF Business Times, launched this new venture as a platform that “was born out of a desire to empower chefs, creators and mixologists and give them a chance to shine on their own”. But essentially, TableOne is the umbrella within the Mina Group for hotel restaurants that don’t bear the (arguably overexposed) Michael Mina name.
Why Hyatt would want two Hyatt Regency hotels within blocks of each other is perhaps less of an issue for the Hyatt brand than the dueling owners of the two hotels. Highgate chose to use Hyatt’s luxury label to redesign Park Central, transforming the 686-room hotel into – as Hyatt put it in a press release, which is Hyatt’s “first luxury hotel south of Market,” because the other Hyatt Regency is just three blocks across Market. There is also, as you may know, the Grand Hyatt by Union Square, and the newer, less luxurious, Hyatt Place Hotel at 701 Third Street, near Oracle Park.
Just make sure the next time you have a friend, co-worker, or family member in town who says, “I’m at the Hyatt,” on the same page, you know which of the four it would be.
Rooms at the newly opened Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa are said to be available from $229/night with advance booking.
Photo courtesy of TableOne Hospitality
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