After a six year renovation project that was extremely ambitious, Restoration Hardware is ready for its grandest showroom-restaurant combination to date at Pier 70 in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood.
RH, as the company is now known, has in recent years debuted a pair of these lifestyle showcase concepts with attached restaurants in the Bay Area — basically high-end design and furniture showrooms with attached hospitality venues, like a very fancy IKEA. The first In a historic building, it was opened.In Yountville 2018, and the second, larger RH Marin Corte madera was the first person to introduce itJuly 2020: 60,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor space
Today marks the official launch of the San Francisco version. It also includes the Palm Court restaurant. Bethlehem Steel BuildingNear Pier 70, corner Illinois and 20th Streets. The project to transform the crumbling, graffiti-covered 1917 building — which had once held offices of steel company executives, draftsmen, and naval architects near the company’s factory on the pier — began in 2016, after RH had already had its eye on the Palace of Fine Arts for a new location. As the Chronicle reportsThe extensive retrofits that would have required to make this plan work were too costly so it was scrapped. Gary Friedman, CEO of the company, stated that the team selected the Bay’s large classical revival building as they were searching for something. “obsessed with great architecture.”
Many of the grandiose interiors from the old steel offices have been destroyed or recreated. Photos show a historical foyer and a new atrium dining room, which are both appropriate for a luxury brand trying stand out.
Furniture, textiles, as well as other design elements, are displayed on stages, similar to the spaces in Corte madera, Yountville. “galleries” — or “artistic installations of luxury home furnishings in a gallery setting” — including a 10,000-square-foot space on the building’s third floor.
Friedman explains the Chronicle. “Sometime our customers are in the galleries for days at a time so why not be hospitable? We blur the lines between residential and retail, to create spaces that are more home than store.”
But Friedman is just as concerned with the quality of the food as he is with the look and feel of the place — the Chronicle describes how he was very exacting in taste-testing some French toast which appears to not have made it onto Lunch/Brunch MenuYou can also opt for a Belgian waffle.
“The Palm Court restaurant, a live-fire concept featuring a curated menu of enduring classics, recalls the distinctive glamour of San Francisco’s Gilded Age,”According to the RH website. “The stunning statement space is sheathed in Italian Calacatta gold marble with a cascading center fountain, towering Medjool date palms and glimmering chandeliers. Adjacent to the restaurant, two luminous wine bars offer exceptional wines and Champagnes from around the world.”
Below is the dinner menu. The lunch menu does not include caviar and has three brunch options. Bellinis and Mimosas start from $16; glasses of wine start at $15
They also have a lovely roof deck, which they call a “a” “rooftop park”) overlooking downtown, with fire pits, and presumably wine service. [Correction! There is no wine service on the roof.]
After an opening party in March, everything is now open to the public.
The showrooms, restaurants and wine bars are now open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Link: RH San Francisco