San Francisco, California

RNM is a small neighborhood restaurant and bar in the lower Haight district of San Francisco. It is located at 598 Haight Street and seats 50-60 guests in style.

The existing space, a corner storefront in a classic S.F. Victorian mixed-use building, required a complete renovation including new storefront entry, kitchen, bar, restrooms, and stair. The design is carefully made to contrast with the existing building as well as the quirky neighborhood fabric of shops.

The exterior design is made very straight forward and simple by using a dark aluminum storefront and awnings, a solid slab of wood for entry door with custom hardware, geometric art glass sidelights, and signage to define itself against the sometimes funky backdrop of lower Haight Street.

The interior features a small bar, dining counter, and display kitchen set in a warm dark wood toned setting. The setting is then softened by a floor to ceiling aluminum mesh drape that undulates around the space providing a sense of depth, texture, and sensuousness. Polished stainless steel bar tops and railings, glass tile, and art glass railings and details provide a further counter point and sparkle to the dark wood tones.

The mezzanine is designed to have a comfortable, somewhat moody lounge quality with low light levels, contemporary area rugs, sofas, and lounge chairs together with a few dining tables.

A great deal of effort went into the lighting and furnishings to create a cohesive atmospheric balance of comfort and lively sophistication in a dramatic contemporary space.

©Photography by: Cesar Rubio