Upcoming South African restaurant and rugby-centric sports bar The Springbok is slated to open at 711 Main Street (map at right) in the next two weeks. Co-owner Peter Walker is expanding his California-based project to town with the help of recent transplant chef Seth Greenburg, who is known for his work at L'Orangerie (Los Angeles), Cuisine Français (Chicago), and most recently, at The Penthouse (Santa Monica). He's currently finalizing his menu of updated South African fare, including wild game, "bunny chow," in-house charcuterie and whole-animal butchery. Former Hearsay Gastro Lounge bartender Michael Macklemore will be crafting the complete cocktail program, which will be focused on South African staples.
The kitchen won't be be open until the place officially debuts in a few weeks, but in the meantime, there is a preview in the works. Since Springbok is named after the South Africa national rugby union, and since it will double as a sports bar—with a giant plasma screen visible from the first-floor lounge and bar area as well as the second-floor balcony—it makes sense that the owner has acquiesced in some soccer fans' requests that they open the bar in time for the World Cup. So, the bar at this upcoming establishment will host locals this Thursday at 3 p.m. with the World Cup games showing on all 10 screens. Drinks and light bites will be available, but the full menu won't go live until the launch in late June. For now, they're looking to hire in all positions. Take a peek inside below: