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The Corner Store, San Francisco

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Tiring of the Prohibition-era style pervasive in San Francisco's bars and restaurants, the owners and design team behind recently opened The Corner Store opted to channel "something more in tune with the happy, hopeful, and welcoming vibe of a 1950s community corner store and soda shop—minus the kitsch and cliche of a typical diner," says Clinton Miller, the project's architect. Located on Masonic at Geary, right above the Geary underpass, the restaurant is a welcome addition to the neighborhood with a menu that tastes as good as the interior looks (be sure not to miss the house burger with bacon jam). "I wanted to create a light airy interior where someone could just as easily sit and enjoy the classic food with a homemade soda at lunch or a boozy milkshake after a nice long dinner," says Miller.

The Corner Store, located at 5 Masonic Avenue, was formerly a Hawaiian restaurant.
Owners Ezra Berman and Miles Palliser enlisted the help of architect Clinton Miller and local gallery and consultancy…
Here's a sample menu from the restaurant. "We wanted to subtly nod to the early to mid-20th century through choices…
"The materials were selected to be utilitarian in nature and thus subtly hinting at the '50s without being too obvious…
Here's a look at the restaurant, which has an open plan. "The layout of the previous restaurant had the kitchen closed…
Here's the waiting area. "To stay true to the concept, there is display shelving throughout the space that will…
The interior is outfitted with artwork by Bob Chisholm, a little-known San Francisco–based photographer. "A lot of…
Here's the outdoor patio. For more about the restaurant and to read the menu, please visit thecornerstore-sf.com.
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