San Francisco CA | 2013
A vacant space on upper Polk Street in San Francisco was remodeled to transform it into a second restaurant for the highly acclaimed team from Gather. The bar was located to the side with steel back bar shelving against a wall of brick tile. A code requirement for an additional restroom was transformed into a central organizing element - a reclaimed wood tower that performs several additional functions: terminating and providing accent lighting for the bar, visually shielding a service station and kitchen entry, and providing a display wall for pickling, a prime passion of the owners. The result is a simple spare space that adds the warmth of textured materials and soft lighting, providing a welcoming new place for the neighborhood.