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Coffee Break: San Francisco’s Saint Frank


A recent addition to San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood, Saint Frank Coffee serves its brews in a geometrically inclined modern space by local firm Openscope Studio. Formerly a nail salon, the Spartan light-filled cafe is kitted out with custom furniture from local craftspeople and features an extra-long counter to highlight the work of its baristas. Architect Ian Dunn, who collaborated with Amanda Loper on the design, walks us through the space in this installation of our Coffee Break series. Photos by Patricia Chang.

The interior of Saint Frank Coffee, which is located at 2340 Polk street in San Francisco, features oak walls,...
"When a customer walks in the door, they're greeted by the barista," Dunn says.
"From a practical standpoint, we organized the space in layers—starting with the sidewalk display function of the...
"We had fantastic natural light in the space from the large existing skylights," Dunn says.
"The owner had a great vision of a business focused on an open, interactive exchange between the customer and the...
Dunn hired Buck O'Neill Builders as the general contractor for the space.
The flooring behind the counter is Daltile's Plaza Nova series in Black Shadow.
Saint Frank offers beans by the pound in addition to coffee and espresso-based drinks.
The facade is painted a deep charcoal gray.
A before shot of the space in its previous life as a nail salon.

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