The Darling Oyster Bar to succeed Union Provisions

Union Provisions last July opened at 513 King Street, in a building that had been a residence, a bank and a drug store. Wade Spees/Staff Thursday, July 17, 2014

The oyster bar and seafood restaurant taking over the space previously occupied by Union Provisions still doesn’t have a chef attached to it, but a publicist confirms that Ben Russell-Schlesinger and Robert Young are still at the helm.

Scheduled to open later this fall, The Darling Oyster Bar is described in a press release as a “casual neighborhood spot,” featuring a 14-seat raw bar. Despite the venue’s proximity to The Ordinary, restaurant advisor Nathan Thurston is persuaded of the need for more shucked oysters on upper King. “We see a real opportunity for an expansive raw bar,” says Thurston, who was also called in to sort out The Americano’s opening problems.

According to publicist Kerry Welch, “The Darling will be guided by a very experienced team of restaurant and hospitality professionals.”

Russell-Schlesinger, the scion of a wealthy San Francisco family, and Young, a former server, last July opened Union Provisions at the corner of King and Morris streets. While patrons agreed the building was striking, the restaurant’s food and service were widely disparaged, leading to Union Provisions’ closure in May.

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