RUD: How Retail Venues Survive this Pandemic
How restaurants, bars, cafes, barbershops and other retail venues survive this pandemic.
As a group of experienced San Francisco restaurant and retail industry architects, contractors, and real estate brokers, we have come together to offer our insights into the current crisis facing the restaurant businesses in our city. Our common goal is to assist the San Francisco restaurant and retail community in their efforts to survive and thrive through these challenging times. This report is intended to be a working document, a basis for discussion, and a call to action based on specific recommendations for all phases of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
About our speakers:
Seth Boor is a San Francisco Architect with over twenty years of local design experience. Seth’s practice, Boor Projects, focuses on a collaborative approach to design and construction. His projects often revolve around bringing new craft and life to existing spaces. A few projects of note include: Dear Inga, Tartine (SF, LA, & South Korea), Sightglass Coffee (LA and all SF locations), The Mill, Four Barrel Coffee, Trou Normand, and Flora Grubb Gardens.
Charles Hemminger, Principal Architect
hemmingerarchitects – Principal Charles Hemminger – is a San Francisco based architectural firm, specializing in unique adaptive re-use projects of once industrial properties throughout the Bay Area. A partial list of projects includes: The San Francisco
Heath Ceramics complex completed in 2015 – is a 60,000 sf mixed-use development combining ceramic production, art galleries and restaurants (Heath Ceramics, Blue Bottle Coffee, Tartine Manufactury Restaurant , the Boiler Room Gallery). The 3000-3030 20th Street Arts/Culinary complex, completed in 2012 – is an adaptive re-use of a historic manufacturing facility, home to art galleries and restaurants (Central Kitchen, Salumeria, Trick Dog, Southern Exposure Gallery). The 1890 Bryant Arts Complex, is a 130,000 sf conversion of an industrial property to the largest working artist community in San Francisco, along with accessory production spaces for Heath Ceramics and the new Ernest Restaurant. Other Industrial renovations includes breweries, coffee roasteries, event spaces, high end retail stores and arts and recreational facilities.
In addition to large and small scale adaptive re-use projects, Charles Hemminger, has been the Architect for many iconic restaurant projects throughout San Francisco. Working directly with celebrated chefs and restaurateurs, along with talented teams of kitchen designers, consulting engineers, interior designers and general contractors. A partial list of projects includes: Gabriella Camara’s Cala, Chad Robertson and Liz Prueitt’s Tartine Manufactory, Paul Einbund’s The Morris, Azhar Hasheem’s Tawla, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s State Bird Provisions and The Progress. Ne Timeas Restaurant Group/Chef Thomas McNaughton’s Flour and Water, Central Kitchen, Salumeria, Trick Dog Restaurant. Michelle Polzine’s 20th Century Café and Dave Muller and Lana Porcelli’s much loved Outerlands, . . . Current Restaurant Projects opening in 2020, include Chef/Owners Corey Lee- Sam Ho Wan, Brandon Rice’s Ernest Restaurant, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski new restaurant to be named, Fiorella Restaurant Group- Fiorella Sunset and others . . . .