Restaurant Development & Design

JAN-FEB 2018

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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • 2 7 Flores This modern Mexican restaurant, opened in November 2016, serves authentic dishes by Chef/ Partner Alejandro Morgan alongside contemporary cocktails. The edgy yet sophisticated and playful space spans 3,500 square feet and seats 140 with distinct spaces meant to represent an extension of a home kitchen, beachside restaurant and town center all in one. The restaurant's interiors also exhibit a diverse assortment of patterns and textures reflecting Mexico's cities, states and regions. Local art- ists created the mu- rals and metalwork, while traditional white plaster offers a toned-down balance for the many colors. Ceiling fans, deep cowhide chairs sourced from Mexico and a lively bar add energy to the space, while a wall of windows frames a verdant outdoor garden situated under a canopy of porcelain string lights. Images courtesy of Flores The Riddler Many of the historical details in this Hayes Valley champagne bar and small-plates restaurant from Jen Pelka, such as decorative wainscoting and woodwork, were refurbished and then balanced out by contemporary black, white and gold decor to resemble a small Parisian cafe. Bar-height seat- ing, cafe tables handmade in France, and custom leather banquettes accommodate up to 40 guests for indoor and outdoor seating. Custom floral ar- rangements and black-and-white photographs of women add a romantic touch. The list of more than 100 champagnes and vintages features selections from many women-owned businesses. The Riddler opened in January 2017. Images courtesy of Kassie Borreson Villon At the all-day restaurant Villon (pronounced "villain") inside the newly opened San Francisco Proper Hotel, Chef Jason Franey, an Eleven Madison Park alum, showcases his signature creative American cuisine. The space, outfitted by interior designer Kelly Wearstler and inspired by French Cubist painter Jacques Villon, features three distinct vignettes, including a European- style lobby salon, a main dining room that seats 44 with detailed furnishings, and an intimate private dining room that seats up to 14. The art-deco-meets-mod- ern look includes design elements like framed geometric artwork, black-and- blond wood tiled floors, unique light fixtures, contemporary chairs and black leather banquettes flanked by light blue, textured walls and "broken" mirror paneling. Images courtesy of Noah Webb

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