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Monday, October 19, 2009

Have You Noticed? S.F. Bars and Restaurants Are Sporting Major Wood

Posted By on Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Starbelly: Epic lumber fetish - JEN SISKA
What does say about this particular moment in S.F. that the current cliché of restaurant design is wood? Horizontal planks, vertical boards, new wood, reclaimed lumber. Sanded and varnished or -- more often -- left gray and raw, bristling like three-day stubble. Are they the design equivalent of the sandwich and the beer, of thrift-store flannel and the untrimmed, pube-scraggle beard? Call this new anti-paneling a signifier of anti-artifice, the slightly greasy bottle of A1 on the table that lets you know what you're about to order -- though it might set you back $30 per entrée -- is seriously real. And hey, if you scrape the crap out of your forearm while squeezing into the seat next to the wall, too bad: You totally should've been wearing your long-sleeve flannel in the first place.

Where are the city's best places to get rustic? Find out after the jump.

Outerlands: Hippie woodshed in the fog - M. BRODY

click to enlarge Out the Door on Bush: Off the floor and onto the walls - M. BRODY
  • M. Brody
  • Out the Door on Bush: Off the floor and onto the walls

click to enlarge Ironside: Weathered chic - JUAN T./YELP

Blackbird: Shed as sleek watering hole - J J./YELP
  • J J./Yelp
  • Blackbird: Shed as sleek watering hole

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