Doc Ricketts takes shape in North Beach’s former Purple Onion
May 6, 2013 Published in Inside Scoop SFEarlier this year, word arrived surrounding Doc Ricketts, the new concept moving into the Columbus Avenue space best known as the Purple Onion, which closed last year. Now, more details are emerging about the new project. As expected, it is named after the iconic marine biologist of John Steinbeck’s novels, including Cannery Row. Owner Christopher Burnett, who also owns SoMa’s Darwin Cafe, explains that just as Doc’s Lab in Monterey was a “gathering point for philosophers, artists, writers and locals,” so is Doc Ricketts hoped to carry a similar function in North Beach. It will be a full-service, 50-seat restaurant serving California cuisine; with a full liquor license in hand, there will be craft cocktails, plus beer and wines on tap. While the upstairs restaurant component of the project is named Doc Ricketts, there will also be a subterranean entertainment venue below, to be named Doc’s Lab and featuring live music and comedy. The building, constructed in 1911, is undergoing a full remodel and renovation in anticipation of a fall opening.