Two-Story Vegan Italian Restaurant to Open in San Francisco

Jun 01, 2019 184

A new vegan italian restaurant Baia will open in the bi-level space of Jardinière in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. One of the first places in the world to serve the plant-based Impossible Burger when it made its debut in 2016, Jardinière shuttered in April after 21 years in business due to lackluster sales, according to owner and celebrity chef Traci Des Jardins—an early consulting chef for Impossible Foods.

Baia—which means “bay” in Italian—is a partnership between renowned vegan chef Matthew Kenney and Tracy Vogt, who owns farmed animal sanctuary Charlie’s Acres in nearby Sonoma, CA. “The focus will be Italian comfort food, all plant-based,” Vogt told local media outlet SF Chronicle. “I knew I needed to find a strong chef with a proven track record who can create really amazing Italian food, which is why after visiting a couple of Matthew Kenney’s restaurants in Los Angeles and New York, I realized he would be a perfect fit to bring to San Francisco.” 

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