A struggling restaurant closed recently on California Street near Divisidero. It always was empty and forbidding -- dark and gloomy. Bistro SF Grill
moved into the space and suddenly everything changed. Accented with bold red curtains, walls and chairs, the all burger restaurant is a beehive of activity. Changing the colors and adding two table outside made a big difference. Suddenly everything is more inviting. Clearly that was the case the other night when there was a large group having a birthday celebration.
Alex invited me to dinner and as a test, I had their basic bistro burger piled high with cheese, grilled onions and roasted red peppers. It was juicy warm and delicious. Different from the Zuni Cafe burger I really liked, but very good in a different way. This restaurant is dedicated to burgers in every form. And -- to top it off, they serve Blue Bottle coffee
. It's dangerously close to my home on Pine Street.