Desi Danganan's week-old third place all-day hangout on Valencia aims to be, well, whatever you want it to be: morning coffee house, daytime port for essential FB updates, dinner place, dessert salon. The crowd at 1:15 p.m. yesterday skewed Mission professional, guy heavy, all cardigans and plastic rims, baldness mitigated by close cuts and flaring sideburns.
Walk to the loo, and you can sense Danganan's dream of an essential neighborhood hub (the not-yet-open game room, the private dining/conference room used as kitchen storage spillover). And there's i/o ventures, the tech-business consultants who share the loft here, the ultimate geeky flatmates. There's an overarching impression of important work being negotiated on laptops somewhere in the building, fueled by Blue Bottle drips and fed, of course, by Eddie Lau's cooking.
The Summit: 780 Valencia (at 19th St.), 861-5330.