Seating at Rich Table. Photo by Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.
Bar seating. Photo by Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.
Communal table. Photo by Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.
Due to open in Hayes Valley on Thursday July 26th is ~RICH TABLE~, from first-time chef-owners Sarah and Evan Rich. It’s an exciting opening for the neighborhood, and the city, for that matter. The couple has some definite chops, working in both East and West Coast restaurants like Bouley, Mas (farmhouse), Quince, Michael Mina, and Coi. The menu will be constantly changing, driven by discoveries at the market. And even though the duo has quite the pedigree, the food is designed to be shared and inspire a convivial vibe at the table. Look for Japanese, Italian, and French techniques; take a look at the really appetizing menu here. There will also be an ever-changing “Chefs’ Choice” six-course tasting menu ($70) and oysters on the half shell. And it’s all served on Heath Ceramics, natch.
The wine program by Maz Naba (most recently wine director at Coi and previously assistant general manager at RN74; he also consulted on the wine list at Contigo) includes both European and domestic bottles (from the press release: “esoteric wines that reflect a sense of place, made with a light hand and less manipulation in the cellar, with the vibrant acidity and more restrained qualities inherent in wines from cooler regions”). There will be 20 wines available by the glass and a few Californian wines on tap. You can look at the list here, which includes the cocktails as well.
Working with designer Said-Jon Eghbal, the former Paul K. space now has a spare and rustic-chic look. The 60-seater has neutral color tones, with mostly redwood paneling salvaged from an old sawmill in Petaluma (the tabletops were also salvaged barn wood), and the light fixtures are made from black steel gas pipes. The floor is all original, as are some of the cooler details, like a big red steel beam across the back wall and the rough-hewn beams in the middle of the space. There is an open kitchen, a big farm table server station, and 10 seats at the bar. There’s a booth for large groups, as well as two tables that could be either for communal dining or large groups, depending on the seating needs.
Hours will be Mon, Wed-Thu, and Sun 5:30pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm; closed Tue. While the opening is targeting July 26th (and maybe a couple of days sooner), you can make reservations now via SeatMe.