The rumors we've been hearing about a tiki bar that will be tucked into Craft & Commerce's newly remodeled space are true and they're amazing. Eater has word that tiki legend Martin Cate, who owns and operates the rum-tastic Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, is teaming up with CH Projects (Polite Provisions, Noble Experiment) to launch False Idol, a hidden tiki bar within the Little Italy restaurant.
Immensely revered in the tiki world, Cate is among the partners behind tiki temples Lost Lake in Chicago and Portland's Hale Pele; this year he opened the gin-centric Whitechapel in San Francisco and has a cocktail book coming out in 2016. He'll lead the spirits program at False Idol alongside CH beverage director Anthony Schmidt. Setting the Polynesian-inspired scene will be Paul Basile and notable tiki artist Bosko Hrnjak.
False Idol and the new version of Craft & Commerce, helmed by executive chef JoJo Ruiz, are slated to debut in Spring 2016.