ISSUE 77  |  Summerhouse

Raise High the Roofbeam: Rich Table in SF

June 21, 2013 6:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Just over a year ago, Evan and Sarah Rich were covered in dust, renovating the interiors of their Kickstarter-funded SF restaurant Rich Table. Now, 12 months later, they’re one of five recently named finalists for the James Beard Foundation award for best new restaurant in the US.

The story has a barn-raising quality to it: the husband and wife team met in the kitchen at David Bouley in NYC and worked in SF restaurants like Coi and Michael Mina before raising funds from Kickstarter to start their own restaurant. Working with designer Said-Jonathan Eghbal, the couple rehabbed the interiors of the Hayes Valley restaurant over a three-month period (enlisting friends and family), creating a rustic setting for their refined take on farm-to-table cuisine. For information, go to Rich Table.

Above: The interiors are clad in rustic wood salvaged from an old sawmill and sourced from Heritage Salvage. Photo by Aubrie Pick.

Above: A corner table. Photo by Aubrie Pick.

Above: A simple arrangement of wildflowers. Photo via Said-Jonathan Eghbal.

Above: A view of the bar. Photo via Said-Jonathan Eghbal.

Above: A closeup of the bar. Photo via Said-Jonathan Eghbal.

Above: The couple at work. Photo courtesy of Rich Table.

Above: Photo by Aubrie Pick.

Above: Photo by Aubrie Pick.

Above: Wild fennel levain bread with house cultured butter. Image via Serious Eats.

 Above: Photo by Aubrie Pick.

Above: A wall inscribed with the names of the restaurant’s Kickstarter donors. Photo by Wes Rowe for Serious Eats.

 Above: Photo by Aubrie Pick.

Above: Photo by Aubrie Pick.

Like the look of the half-painted rustic timber walls? To see similar paint treatments, go to A Kitchen for the People, Courtesy of Prince Charles and Steal This Look: A Prince Charles-Worthy Kitchen.