Check Out Bartlett Hall, Now Open DowntownBy Virginia Miller | May 28, 2014 By Virginia Miller | May 28, 2014
Union Square has a new all-day gathering place: Bartlett Hall just opened on May 20 in a massive, wood-walled space inside the gorgeous building (circa 1914) at 242 O'Farrell Street. The room can accommodate 140 people, including a brewery in the back and a large bar behind the front lounge.
Notably the executive chef is Eman Eng (née Emmanuel Eng), last seen at long-time Mission favorite Maverick, which closed due to a fire last year. Here, Eng reinvents Maverick classics like the butter burger and the fried chicken while crafting a menu of approachable, elevated tavern fare. Nine staff members from Maverick are on board here, making the whole operation feel a bit like Maverick Downtown, catering to locals and tourists with all-day menus and late night snacks that are served until 2 AM. Based on an early tasting, here are some standout bites and cocktails. Watch for house-brewed beer, coming soon. 242 O’Farrell St., 415-433-4332