Continuing in their usual modus operandi, the bar/restaurant group (made up of industry vets Joey Christensen, Tony Cooney, Stephen Crawford, Justin Trujillo, Eric Mejia and Nic DiLillo), which previously breathed new life into SoMa dive bars the Tempest and Louie’s, will soon be adding another watering hole to their roster: The Connecticut Yankee.
The Potrero Hill sports bar — which began life in 1907 as a saloon/boarding house called Hilda’s (the space was reportedly built by hand using lumber from a post-earthquake Red Cross shack) — has a long and colorful history in the neighborhood.
Current owner Fritz Frisbie took over the space in the late ’80s, and the Guys began working with Frisbie just under a year ago to take over the space.
As with their other bars, they plan to keep the name and bar culture the same, trying not to disrupt things too much for the bar’s established and loyal clientele. Frisbie will even be staying on as a partner in the business.
Chef Crawford will update the menu in a similar style to their other joints, but since the bar has a distinct Red Sox bias, don’t be surprised if some Boston-inspired dishes make their way onto the menu.
The liquor license transfer is still pending, but the Guys are aiming for officially taking over sometime in October.