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According to a recently issued On-Sale General Eating Place permit, Srijith Girija Gopinath — known for introducing the Cal-Indian culinary genre to the Bay Area — has plans to debut a new restaurant in San Francisco. The restaurant’s name is listed as Copra and the address is 1700 Fillmore Street. The 6,600-square-foot space was previously home to the South-Indian restaurant Dosa.
Alongside Ayesha Thapar, Gopinath is the co-owner of Palo Alto’s Ettan and of Little Blue Door, a casual eatery in downtown Los Altos. He is also the Executive Chef at Ettan with a previous position as Executive Chef at Taj Campton Place in San Francisco. Thapar and Gopinath plan to open Copra together.
Gopinath tells Eater SF that the “food will differ from both Campton and Ettan,” embodying a more personal “frill-free cuisine” similar to the one that he grew up with in South India. He says to expect seafood and vegetables as main dishes.
Originally from Kerala, India, Gopinath received his formal training at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and by “‘staging’ at the Michelin two-star Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in England,” according to Ettan’s website. Additionally, the website describes Gopinath as the “most decorated Indian chef cooking in the United States today,” boasting two Michelin stars.
An opening date has not yet been announced. What Now San Francisco was unable to contact a company representative by the time of publication.