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New waterfront restaurant in the works from well-regarded San Francisco chef

A Google Street View image from February 2023 captures Pier 3 on The Embarcadero in San Francisco.
A Google Street View image from February 2023 captures Pier 3 on The Embarcadero in San Francisco. | Source: Courtesy Google Street View

The owner of two successful Downtown San Francisco restaurants is looking toward the waterfront for his next venture. 

Kaïs Bouzidi, who runs Sens restaurant at the Embarcadero Center as well as Barcha on Fremont Street in the shadow of the Salesforce Tower, applied for an on-site general-eating license for the new Bon Delire restaurant at Pier 3's Suite 102.

A 12-month license application was listed last Friday as pending, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Bouzidi's first restaurant Sens opened its doors in 2007 and treats visitors to lunches, happy hours (including a seasonal pumpkin cocktail) and dinners of smash burgers, salads and small plates, alongside patio views of the Waterfront and Ferry Building.

Its sister establishment, Barcha, brings a fast-casual and flexible approach to its "Mediterranean bistro with Parisian influences."

Bon Delire's neighbors will include restaurants like Coqueta and La Mar Cocina Peruana. The site was previously home to Hard Water, a New American restaurant praised for its spin on Southern dishes like Nashville hot chicken with cornbread, butter and pickles, and its well-sourced whiskey lineup.

No opening schedule for Bon Delire was available. Bouzidi did not respond to requests for comment Monday morning.

George Kelly can be reached at gkelly@sfstandard.com