The Ellipse luxury apartment development that seemingly sprang up overnight at the corner of France Avenue and Excelsior has a new ground-floor restaurant in the works: Mill Valley Kitchen, named after the Marin County, California paradise just across the Golden Gate Bridge and adjacent Muir Woods.
Craig Bentdahl, the former Excel Bank CEO, is backing the venture and working with Anoush Ansari of Hemisphere Companies as a consulting partner on the project. Chef Michael Rakun, formerly of the St. Paul Hotel and Mission American Kitchen, is developing a menu inspired by the fresh, healthful, farm-to-table cuisine of Northern California.
Shea is doing the design work for a 165-seat dining room, private dining area, and outdoor patio. Mill Valley Kitchen will be a full-service restaurant and bar offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and should open in early summer.