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Are You Besharam Enough? Celebrate Besharam's relaunch weekend with Chef Heena Patel and Maria Qamar(Hatecopy) at Minnesota Street Project.

With this relaunch Chef Heena is reclaiming her restaurant after a year of partnership and personifying the meaning of Besharam with a new attitude, dishes, and cocktails to show the community her creativity and technical culinary expertise.

Thursday 7/11 - Join us for an evening of delicious snacks, cocktails, panel discussion and new art at opening night of Maria’s pop-up exhibition inspired by Chef Heena.

Friday 7/12 and Saturday 7/13 - Tickets are also available for purchase for a private VIP dinner with Chef Heena and Maria Qamar in celebration of the relaunch, showcasing Chef Heena’s reinvented menu that is pushing the boundaries of traditional Indian cuisine in the Bay Area. 

Sunday 7/14 - ** UPDATE ** Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Hatecopy pop-up art exhibit has been cancelled. Our deepest apologies. Maria and Heena will still be serving up some brunch and fun today at 1275 Minnesota St. Come say hi!

** Besharam will be open during regular hours the entire relaunch weekend. Scroll to the bottom of the page to make reservations. **

Accessibility Information:

These events will not be scent free. There are no steps in to the gallery and restaurant, and there is a driveway in front that can be used to enter the sidewalk. Restrooms are two sets of stalls and will be all-gender. A single stall restroom inside the restaurant will also be open for use during all events. All restrooms have wheelchair accessibility.

**For further information or clarification, please contact us at info@besharamsf.com **

To Get Here:

1275 Minnesota St. and 1150 25th St. are conveniently located within four blocks of the T Third St. Muni Metro, #48 bus stop, and the 22nd St. CalTrain Station. 

 Attendees can find free street parking around the neighborhood or in the paid lot at 901 Illinois St.





 

Our Story:

 

Chef Heena started cooking professionally late in life. She was always told her goals were too besharam, an Urdu word for shameless that is often used in South Asian culture as an insult, a label for a woman who dares to do things not considered “respectful” or “appropriate.” Chef Heena is reclaiming that word by naming her restaurant Besharam and personifying the meaning with a new attitude, dishes, and cocktails to show the community her creativity and technical culinary expertise. Grounded in traditional Gujarati food, the dishes on her new menu are meant to embody culture  and hospitality. Bold flavors served family style, with a utensil optional approach in true Gujarati fashion!

While Heena cultivated her distinct style over five years at La Cocina, a culinary incubator in San Francisco which provides resources to entrepreneurs with an emphasis on working class women and immigrant communities, her food narrates her diaspora and experiences living around the world. At La Cocina, Heena’s soulful dishes, unmistakably hers, won the hearts of Bay Area chefs and luminaries such as Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere, and Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski of State Bird Provisions and The Progress, through collaborative pop-ups.

 

Nestled between Minnesota Street Project’s vibrant art galleries, the restaurant features an expansive mural and cheeky plateware with satirical quotes designed by HateCopy’s Maria Qamar, mirroring Heena’s bold approach to Gujarati cuisine.

Accessibility Information:

The restaurant is not scent free. There are no steps into the restaurant, and there is a driveway in front that can be used to enter the sidewalk. The restroom is all-gender, single stall, and wheelchair accessible.

**For further information, please contact us at info@besharamsf.com**

To Get Here:

1275 Minnesota St. and 1150 25th St. are conveniently located within four blocks of the T Third St. Muni Metro, #48 bus stop, and the 22nd St. CalTrain Station. 

 Attendees can find free street parking around the neighborhood or in the paid lot at 901 Illinois St.