Spruce Restaurant
San Francisco, CA


Spruce is a hidden gem in San Francisco’s Presidio area. The building selected for this restaurant housed a “car barn” in the 1930’s. The historic, monumental, brick, arched façade and limestone paving that was repurposed from a French church made it a unique property.

Ignition Architecture consulted with Gregory Klosowski on the conversion of this 6000 SF space into a high-end restaurant, bar and take-out Charcuterie that married historical and industrial elements with a soft modern aesthetic. A series of false ceilings and arches were stripped back to expose an intriguing arrangement of steel trusses and seismic frames. The consciously minimal palette makes for a visually interesting space that highlights these elements, particularly in the evening.

A handsome, mahogany wall with a unique, modern chandelier provides a backdrop for the host stand at the entry. To the right of the entry is the lounge with a mahogany bar, a tremendous mirrored and silver framed bottle display and a fireplace. To the left of the entry is a separate entry to the Charcuterie where people can pick up meats or prepared meals from a large marble counter. At the opposite end of the restaurant is a dramatic, mahogany and glass, cooled wine cabinet, standing nearly two stories tall that separates the main dining room from the private dining room and kitchen. A central, glassy “monument wall” runs perpendicularly between these two walls and divides the main dining room from the lounge and bar.


Spruce Restaurant (Bacchus Management Group)

Construction Type

Type III

Construction Cost


New / Renovation

Renovation/Tenant Improvement



Building GSF

6,000 GSF


Gotham Construction


Veronica Hinkley Reck consulted with ellipsis a+d, who was AOR. Stephen Brady was the interior designer.


Frankie Frankeny; ellipsis a+d