What the Finn?

Finn Town is a casual, inviting, uniquely San Francisco experience that is rooted in the historic Castro district. We are a friendly and warm neighborhood “tavern with a twist” offering our special take on progressive dinner and brunch comfort fare and signature craft cocktails inspired by iconic figures who were born, raised, or did something special to help make our city what it is today.

Our name is rooted in our love and appreciation of San Francisco history. In the mid 1800’s, our present location was a place where Finnish fisherman mixed with merchants, gold miners, and dreamers looking to make the Golden Gate their very own – and it was called Finn Town. From design features (some with a literary nod) and a play list of city-based musicians (both past and present) to our locally inspired and seasonably changing food and drink, every element was chosen to create an ambiance where both locals and visitors alike can feel at home.

The Team

Joseph Walker

Executive Chef

Joseph is among a new crop of hard working chefs, passionate about combining classic American fare with a California sensibility. Born in Los Angeles and raised in San Bernardino, his volunteer work at various school cafeterias sparked an interest in the culinary arts and he subsequently move north to attend and graduate from San Francisco’s Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Walker most recently worked at the critically acclaimed Leo’s Oyster Bar before joining Finn Town as sous chef, and upon his arrival quickly showed himself to be a creative kitchen leader worthy of promotion; working well with staff to turn out American comfort food and bar bites with a decidedly San Francisco twist .

Lori Baker

Consulting Pastry Chef

Lori’s career path began in the teaching kitchens of the prestigious Johnson & Wales University where she earned a degree in Pastry Arts. Upon moving to San Francisco, she worked at some of the city’s top restaurants including Wolfgang Puck’s ground breaking Postrio, Bix, The Fifth Floor, and the Castro district’s Home Restaurant before opening her own, popular restaurant and bakery, Baker & Banker in Pacific Heights. Well known for satisfying creations that pay homage to American roots baking, she has taught at the California Culinary Academy and been written about in the local media and beyond.

Katrina Parlato

Operations Manager

As a manager at the legendary Boulevard and General Manager at nationally lauded Quince during its formative years, Katrina is the ultimate restaurant insider; universally respected by both guests and her peers. Warm, gracious, and unerringly attuned to local culinary and beverage trends, she comes to Finn Town after helping launch and steer award winning Rich Table to much acclaim during its first year on the local dining scene. A graduate in marketing from University of San Francisco, she has also worked behind the scenes to help Oliviers Butchery (a ranch-to-plate specialty food shop) attain recognition and operational efficiency.

Rick Hamer

Proprietor

A first generation born and raised San Franciscan and long time Castro resident, Rick loves everything about his hometown city and his neighborhood–from the great views and architecture to the classic streetcars that ride in front of Finn Town to the diverse community and innovative food and drink that has made San Francisco the country’s culinary capital. Opening Finn Town is a dream come true for his family and he is committed to making the Castro the best it can be for the community.

COMMUNITY

Finn Town strives to connect with and give back to our community by supporting worthy local charities such as REAF (Richmond Ermet AIDS Foundation), Shanti and Dining Out for Life; as well as important organizations that benefit our city including the Gay Kickball League, Castro Merchants Association, Golden Gate Restaurant Association and San Francisco Travel Association.