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Sit Down, Everyone: State Bird Provisions Is Expanding in the Lower Fillmore
Carolyn Alburger | Photo: Carolyn Alburger | June 13, 2013
The year's most talked about restaurant reveals plans to supersize its existing space.
Big news from the Lower Fillmore today: State Bird Provisions (1529 Fillmore Street)—by far the most media-hyped restaurant to open in recent San Francisco history—will be growing into the space next door, formerly occupied by Harput's Market. Owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski have sealed the deal to take over 1525 Fillmore Street. Back in 2011, Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen signed a lease to take over the space, but his deal has fallen through and now State Bird's owners will inhabit the address.
Brioza and Krasinski will add about 300 square feet of space to their existing, fairly crunched restaurant, allowing room for a heater, a small waiting room, a second bathroom, and two six-seat tables where the kitchen can accommodate larger parties of six to twelve. “These are all amenities we’ve been wanting for a while,” says Brioza. “It will make the restaurant flow better for everyone. It’s an exciting thing.”
The couple will tweak their formula a bit, just for the new tables, offering a set-price menu that preserves the same feeling as their usual free-flowing, choose-as-you-go format. “It will keep the momentum going,” says Brioza. “And you won’t need to get the nod of approval for each new dish from everyone in your party as you normally would.”
State Bird will close down on August 10 in order to dive into the new construction, and the restaurant will reopen an estimated three to four weeks later. Reservations are booked solid until the closure, but as always, 30% of the dining room is left open for walk-ins. The owners will announce the fall reopening of the reservation books ahead of time so that fans can mark their calendars.
When its expansion is complete, State Bird will be situated right against its next project, The Progress (1525 Fillmore Street). The sister restaurants will actually be connected behind-the-scenes, enabling all kinds of synergy with the ordering and prep processes. The raw space used to be a theater, and the team intends to preserve its exposed steel support beams and the dramatic curvature of the ceiling on one side. Right now, Brioza says, their design inspiration is a little bit 1980's club house, a little bit SF Rec and Park. Obviously, its still early to envision how all of this will shake out.