Viva la France! Gastronomers Rejoice
You may not be familiar with the name Claude Le Tohic yet, but trust us, the Frenchman is about to be the most talked-about chef in San Francisco. Le Tohic is the mastermind behind One65, an ambitious $20 million, six-story, multirestaurant concept opening later this winter near Union Square. The project was three years in the making, and Le Tohic, who has only ever worked in Michelin-starred kitchens, has partnered with the Alexander’s Steakhouse group to realize the French culinary destination.
ONE65 165 O’Farrell St.
When it’s finished, One65 will have four distinct dining rooms. “I think it will be very successful,” Le Tohic said while leading the Gazette through One65’s construction zone earlier this fall. “One65 will be a spot to eat, where you can spend $5 in the morning and $500 if you want at night. It’s all day long.” The first floor will be home to the Patisserie and Boutique, a casual counter service cafe space with takeaway and fast breakfast and lunch options. Patrons will enjoy an extensive menu of classic French pastries along with bread, ice cream, chocolate, wine and coffee.
Open for lunch and dinner, the Bistro is located on the third floor (the second floor is additional seating for the Patisserie and Bistro) and will feature an open kitchen with more traditional restaurant service and a menu of Cal-French comfort food.
The fourth floor will house the Lounge, a bar offering cocktails, fine wine, spirits and snacks. The fifth floor is Le Tohic’s pièce de résistance, O’ by Claude Le Tohic, a fine-dining establishment that will serve a tasting menu and à la carte masterpieces. With the theme of earth, fire and water, it’s the chef’s first namesake eatery. The state-of-the-art kitchen for O’ is on the sixth floor along with multiple private dining rooms. Le Tohic has designed a unique dumbwaiter system that will transport food from one story to the other.
From designing functional elements to sourcing items for the restaurant, the James Beard winner has spared no expense. “We have a lot of equipment coming right now from all over the world — from Japan, from Italy, Spain, Portugal, France. Spain is porcelain. Portugal is the table-ware. This stove came from France. It came a year ago because it was in pieces,” he says, excitedly.
Le Tohic has been passionately involved every step of the way. “The first six months I focused on the design, or rather to find the correct design and concept,” he explains. “The second part of my job was developing the operation — to figure out how we’re going to operate efficiently. To make sure we have a good design in the kitchen, on the floor plan for the dining room. Now I’m working on people because we’re going to hire 150 employees. So I’m focused right now on having the key people on this project: a general manager, a sommelier, a chef de cuisine. We also started developing recipes.” Since our conversation, Le Tohic has announced the key members of his opening team: Olivier de Roany is general manager; Francesco Di Marzio is chef de cuisine for O’ by Claude Le Tohic; Jennifer Dewasha is chef de cuisine for the Bistro; Vincent Morrow is wine director; and Trevin Hutchinsis bar director for the Lounge.
Housed in a historic building across from the Macy’s flagship on O’Farrell, One65 has a lovingly preserved and enhanced French Beaux Arts facade. D-Scheme Studio’s architect and president, Marc Dimalanta, was hired to oversee the design, giving each concept a unique look and feel. With its lux decor paired with Le Tohic’s enthusiasm and award-winning food, One65 is bound to become one of SF’s most talked-about dining destinations.
Ferrari of San Francisco 595 Redwood Highway, Mill Valley
Ferrari revealed its new and improved showroom on Oct. 11, a cutting-edge setting for the Italian speed machines. The location has a history — it was the last company-owned Ferrari dealership in North America before its acquisition by Boardwalk Automotive Group in 2009. After more than a year of renovations, the dealership is a dream for the well-heeled buyer. Look for the Pista 488 and a range of classics in the showroom
The Bar Code 3600 Sacramento St.
Ladies who lunch on Sacramento Street have a new post-salad activity: Shopping the curated collection at The Bar Code. The pop-up showroom and boutique from Danielle Bourhis will feature a rotating selection of clothing, furniture and artwork — everything in the store is for sale. Shop for vegan leather jackets by Brunette, dresses by Shoshanna and après swimwear by Still Water. Dovima Paris, Andrew Gn and Catherine Prevost are a few of the names popping up in November.
The Wing 115 Sansome St.
Professional women looking for a collaborative workspace downtown need look no further than The Wing. A new female-only members club, The Wing is a shared office and community space that already has four popular locations on the East Coast. Founded by Lauren Kassan and Audrey Gelman, The Wing features a millennial-friendly color palette, various types of seating and tables, and plenty of space to chill out. It’s ready to take flight!
Léon & George 3465 Cesar Chavez St.
Launched in 2016 by Nicolas Bartoli and Ron Radu, Léon & George sources American-grown plants — think pink rubber trees, fiddle leaf fig bushes, snake plants and desert cacti — pots them in stylish vessels, and delivers them to your door. After two years of digital commerce, it has opened a new showroom and shop in the Mission that feels like an upscale furniture boutique or art gallery. Shoppers can book private appointments to check out the brand’s urban greenhouse and consult with a specialist for any plant-related needs.