Food & Drink

Central Kitchen Opens in the Mission

The Flour + Water follow-up debuts

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Flour + Water may have begun as an indie release, but it’s turned into box office gold (complete with lines around the block).

Partner/chef Thomas McNaughton and the F+W crew spread the fanfare with Central Kitchen, opening tomorrow in the Mission. Going straight for the trilogy, the new restaurant’s multifunctional space shares a courtyard (read: outdoor dining) with forthcoming lunch spot and gourmet grocery Salumeria (coming soon).

Chef Michael Gaines (Manresa) makes a scene from the exhibition kitchen and plating counter (the set for Northern California-centric cuisine, like roasted spring lamb with potato confit), sharing screen time with the wood- and coal-fired rotisserie. Credits go to on-site butchery, a rooftop garden and beehive, and Lisa Lu (Jardinière) in a supporting pastry chef role.

The sound track errs on the classic, with musical accompaniment from the likes of Zeppelin, Bowie, and The Stones.

Can you hear that? It’s Oscar calling.

Central Kitchen, 782 Florida Street, at 20th Street (415-826-7004 or centralkitchensf.com).

Photo: Aubrie Pick for DailyCandy

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3000 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110