RTB Transforms Into the High-End Avery, Opening April 10th

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Kikuhime Kurogin Shizuku Genshu sake and a broth of toasted grain with burnt onion butter. Photo courtesy of Avery.

Opening on Tuesday April 10th is ~AVERY~, marking the transition from Rodney Wages’s ~R.T.B.~, which has been running in the former Mosu space on Fillmore for the past year. This new incarnation has Wages continuing to partner with Matthew Mako (GM)—they were both previously at Atelier Crenn and Saison and are no strangers to luxury ingredients and Zalto glassware. New team members include chef de cuisine Kristina Compton (Plum, Atelier Crenn) and sommelier Daniel Bromberg (True Sake, Dassai Sake, Les Clos).

The nightly tasting menu options include the Cello Player ($89), which will include 7-9 courses with optional supplements; Shades of Spring ($189), a seasonally changing 10- to 15-course menu (the name will also change with the seasons); and Avery’s Room ($289), which takes place in Avery’s private dining room (with room for six to eight guests) and showcases a special menu from the kitchen. The modern American cuisine will feature top seasonal ingredients, with East Asian influences.

In case you’re wondering about the artistic names, it’s in reference to artist and modern American painter Milton Avery’s oeuvre—and as you are now figuring out, the restaurant was named after him as well.

Mixed beverage pairings, with a special focus on Champagnes, beers, and sakes, will be available. Sake lovers will be especially happy with the sake-only menu pairings available, featuring a range of artisanal sakes. The list will have an emphasis on junmai, nama (unpasteurized), and aged options.

The space was designed in collaboration with Noz Nozawa of Noz Design. It will now feature some deeper colors inspired by the earth and sea (like charcoal, hunter green, and deep teal), plus materials like dense felts, mohair accents, and brushed brass, along with Italian-designed white Calligaris chairs. There are also custom Venetian plaster wall treatments from local artist Victor Reyes. Some elements will change in the room based on the season; for example, winter will bring tablecloths, while the summer may feature exposed wooden tabletops.

Reservations are now live on Tock. Dinner is served Wed-Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm. 1552 Fillmore St. at Geary, 415-817-1187.