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

Steve Dustin

Executive Chef

Chef Dustin entered the fine dining world in 2001 at the 4 star restaurant Canoe in Atlanta before moving to New York City where he got a taste of perfection at acclaimed restaurant Bouley. After positions with progressively more responsibility in Boulder and then back in New York as Executive Chef of The Harrison and Monument Lane, Chef Dustin finally made the move to San Francisco in 2015 where he delighted diners at The Cavalier. Prior to joining Finn Town, Chef Dustin was the culinary director of operations for Big Night Restaurant Group, including national award winner Leo’s Oyster Bar.


Cheryl Storms

Consulting Pastry Chef

Cheryl Storms started baking professionally at age 16. A pastry internship at the Ritz-Carlton led to a two year stint at the legendary hotel location atop Nob Hill and solidified a lifelong passion for baking. She eventually moved up to Executive positions at EOS and the well-reviewed Bacar under her mentor Arnold Wong. In 2008, Cheryl started Pinkie’s Bakery, an artisan bread wholesaler that eventually expanded to a retail outlet for wedding and special occasion cakes for several years, receiving accolades locally as well as nationally. Most recently, she was seen on the 2016 edition of the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship.

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


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.


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.