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

Itztli De La Torre

Executive Chef

Chef Itztli’s goal at Finn Town is  to create an environment where people not only eat, they  commune. His  philosophy of cooking is to respect tradition while  playing around with ingredients in a fun, whimsical way. Originally inspired by grilling outdoors with his Dad as a young boy, Itztli always wanted to be a chef and never considered any other career.  He  went straight from high school to culinary school and never looked back.

His first executive positon was in the kitchen at the historic Evergreen Lodge outside Yosemite. After 2+ years of serving 300 meals a night of rustic California fare, he moved onto  Executive Sous Chef at the upscale  Jackson Lake Lodge eco resort in the Grand Tetons known for its locally sourced produce, free range, hormone free meats and sustainable fish/seafood.  After learning all he could,  when the opportunity was presented to travel overseas to Spain, Itztli then hopped on a plane  and headed to Andalusia  where he helped establish  a California influenced venue called  Cali del Sol. But somehow, the culinary call of San Francisco beckoned and Spain’s loss has become Finn Town’s gain.

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.

Oscar Enriquez

General Manager

Warm, gracious, and attuned to local culinary and beverage trends, Oscar has joined Finn Town as its General Manager after working as assistant manager at Tres Agaves where he learned the art of providing consistently excellent hospitality while achieving operational efficiency. A Bay Area native, he grew up owning and operating a restaurant with his family  and was one of Finn Town’s most popular front of the house service professionals before his recent promotion.

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.