The beginnings of two makeshift patios are taking form outside one of beer lovers’ favorite bars, Toronado, as the establishment readies to welcome back customers.
Two lattice-framed, wooden patios are being built outside of both Toronado and neighboring Berliner Berliner this weekend, and Toronado manager Chad Calvert confirmed that paperwork for the parklets have been filed with the city in hopes of getting approval this week.
“The plan is to start slow with with a maximum of 24 seated patrons,” Calvert wrote in an email to SFGATE. “It is the top priority for the Toronado family that we are able to reopen safely for both customers and staff.
“Mask wearing will be strictly enforced, all guests will be required to keep their masks on unless seated and eating or drinking,” he continued.
During shelter-in-place, Toronado went dark — much like a lot of other bars in the city and elsewhere — asking longtime customers and fans to help raise money for staffers via GoFundMe. That fundraiser successfully reached its $10,000 goal and is currently just over $14,000 as of Sunday morning.
The bar also held two public beer sales in April and May, once offering customers a chance to sign up for 5-minute appointments to fill up their growlers (cash only, of course) and another time selling 100 boxes with 12 bottles of beer inside each — which, according to the comments, sold out “insanely quick.”
Berliner Berliner will be serving food alongside Toronado’s beers, and the new hours for the bar (for now) are set for Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. once they get approval to reopen for outdoor seating. Customers can see what’s on the board for the week via Toronado’s website, and the bar will be serving a “limited number of drafts” alongside fresh bottles and cans. A huge list of rare bottles to-go will also be available.
Calvert thanked Toronado’s patrons for their support and patience and, if all things go to plan, he said the hope is Toronado will be open in time for its 33rd anniversary on August 13.
Toronado is located at 547 Haight Street in San Francisco.
Dianne de Guzman is the Food + Drink Editor at SFGATE. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org