The Summit, a new restaurant-slash-coffee-hangout from the former owner of Poleng Lounge, opens just in time this Thursday. With a vibe that reminds us of a gathering place for cool engineers, it’s vying for status as your new third space, outside home and work.
Housed in the i/o Ventures spot in the Mission, the warmly industrial interior has sleek wood communal tables, an L-shaped couch for sipping Blue Bottle coffee (served all day), and a long bar outfitted with metal stools. The 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. (most nights) menu from Poleng and Orson alum Eddie Lau starts with breakfast breads and continues with lunch salads and sandwiches (open-face fig-and-corn croque monsieur). Dinner sees homey entrees like 4505 Meats’s chicken beer sausage with creamy grits and roasted tomatoes.
A gallery and library of zines, graphic novels, and indie books is in the works. After all, they can’t call you a couch potato if it’s someone else’s couch.
The Summit, 780 Valencia Street, between 18th and 19th Streets (415-861-5330 or thesummit-sf.com).
Photo: Naseema Kahn / Courtesy of The Summit