What the Finn?

Before it was the Castro, it was Eureka Valley.
And before that it was Finn Town.
A place in the mid 1800s where Finnish fisherman
mixed with merchants, gold miners
and dreamers looking to make
the Golden Gate their very own.

Finn Town is the roots of the Castro
and it’s in our cultural blood.
A place to gather, to carouse,
to drink, eat and bond with new and old friends.
A place where you feel part of something
relevant and alive. And then you eat
and drink some more.

From logo to cocktails and ambiance
Finn Town honors all the colorful, freewheeling
adventurers who came to our neighborhood
and formed a continually evolving community;
a special place that could exist
only in San Francisco.

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

Proprietor

Castro resident Rick Hamer is a consummate project innovator, with a 20+ year track record in brand building at major companies. As Chairman of the Food & Beverage Committee, of the San Francisco Bay Tennis Club and the San Francisco GLAAD committee he has been responsible for food and beverage coordination for major fundraisers, building a solid network of contacts in both the local and national food and political scene.

Supporting Cast

A positive team spirit is transmitted to customers, and FINN TOWN is committed to keeping a good vibe going via fair wages, thoughtful training, team building activities, and recognition bonuses.