Welcome to Urban Putt, a new kind of miniature golf.
We have a dream: indoor minigolf in San Francisco. Throw in great food and drink, an awesome location, and a unswerving commitment to fun and you’ve got a formula for something unique and wonderful. We’ve got a space (at 1096 South Van Ness Avenue, at 22nd Street, in the Mission) and a top-notch crew of designers and restaurant pros who are working to bring Urban Putt to the city in April 2014.
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Vol. 2, No. 2 | January 31, 2014
Yowzah, what a month! The Urban Putt Kickstarter campaign was a nail-biting success, ultimately raising $53,883 in 30 days. (Thanks to all of you who helped make this happen!). Coupled with our private fundraising efforts, which are still ongoing, we are poised to open our doors as scheduled.
And speaking of opening, we have a new date: Friday, April 18, 2014. That’s the anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. And it just so happens that the first hole on our course is called “Quake!”—modeled after the 1906 temblor. Coincidence? Hmmm.
A Chef’s Chef: Amping up the excitement, we are thrilled to announce that Dane Boryta has accepted the position of chef at Urban Putt. Most recently the chef/owner of Bottle Cap in San Francisco’s North Beach district, Dane sports an impressive resume that includes Circa in Northampton, Massachusetts, and stints at popular San Francisco venues Bruno’s, Piaf’s, The North Star, and Sens. Boryta will be creating a menu for UP that celebrates the American palate, with an eclectic, even cheeky, twist. He will also be creating a selection of mini-golf friendly fare (highly portable and not greasy) for course-side noshing. And Dane promises to reprise his recipe for the remarkable cornmeal crust pizza that he used to make at Ruby’s (the restaurant under the giant tomato on Third, near Bryant St.) back in the 90’s. I am licking my chops.
Urban Putt in the Spotlight The Kickstarter campaign kick-started a media surge, beginning with a front page appearance on the San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section, where Paolo Lucchesi described his visit to Urban Putt as “almost like falling down the rabbit hole and walking around a real-life Mission District version of Wonderland.” Paolo also followed up with the full-text version of our conversation on his Inside Scoop blog.
sfist added a short write-up, and editorialized: “The thing sounds kind of awesome, frankly.”
Talk 910 included a picture of yours truly as Godzilla, holding up a section of the Transamerica Tower, and included the following advice: “So grab a club. Wiggle that back side. Go ahead. Wiggle it. And get ready to shoot for a win.”
The San Francisco Business Journal noted that “the Mission District’s forthcoming Urban Putt restaurant and mini golf course is taking the beloved family-friendly recreational activity to a whole new level.”
The San Francisco Bay Guardiansaid that “Urban Putt is not your traditional mini-golf course. The fantastical, technologically advanced, steampunk-y 14-hole course (four short of the customary 18 due to space constraints) will be composed of high-tech gadgets, countless buttons and knobs, and a few obligatory tongue-in-cheek twists.”
7×7 ran a “Foodie Update,” describing Urban Putt as a “much anticipated, whimsical, SF-themed mini-golf course with attached bar and restaurant at 22nd and South Van Ness.”
SF Eater published an interview with The Bon Vivants on the first anniversary of the opening of their popular bar Trick Dog, noting that they would be crafting the cocktail program for Urban Putt. And the influential Tablehopper newsletter included an item about Dane Boryta coming onboard as our chef.
Even down in LA, the local NBC outlet jumped on the story, noting that it “Seems like the revolution of doers who still want to get their socializing — and swinging-of-clubs — in is very much on the rise.”
Stay tuned for more excitement.
Head Greenskeeper, Urban Putt