Alta @ MSP, the much-anticipated Daniel Patterson Group (DPG) restaurant at Minnesota Street Project, with design consultation by Jensen Architects, is scheduled to open this upcoming May 2017, coinciding with numerous new exhibitions and art events at the Dogpatch-based epicenter for contemporary art. “Alta will be perfect addition to the 1275 space,” notes Deborah Rappaport, “and we are looking forward to working with DPG to bring even more excitement to the Minnesota Street Project.”
A joint project between Chef Daniel Patterson and Minnesota Street Project, Alta at 1275 Minnesota Street completes the larger vision of the Minnesota Street Project as an urban catalyst created to strengthen San Francisco’s arts community. Open to both the street and the building’s entry lobby, the 45-seat eatery is designed to become integral to life in the neighborhood as well as for the Project’s artists, galleries, programs, and visitors. The mood is welcoming and casual yet thoughtful and refined, like the Minnesota Street Project.
“I’m incredibly excited to be partnering with Minnesota Street Project. I have admired their team’s mission and commitment to the arts community,” said Daniel Patterson. “My goal in partnering with the Project is to build an accessible community space where guests can experience art and cuisine together. When we began thinking about bringing Alta to new communities, it was natural for us to work with an organization and destination that supports cutting-edge visual artists. Art is essential to the Alta brand: in our original Mid-Market location, our walls are covered in pieces from Creative Growth in Oakland. We’re thrilled to build on that tradition at Minnesota Street Project.”
Alta @ MSP will be a casual offshoot of the brand that adheres to the same principles that have made Alta CA successful: a warm and welcoming setting, a menu of seasonal, contemporary American food accented by the flavors of Eastern Europe, and a dynamic experience that transforms throughout the day. Breakfast and lunch will be fine-casual service that gives guests time for a quick meal, and the opportunity to linger over conversation or laptops. During the full-service dinner, meats from the rotisserie form the centerpiece of the menu, paired with seasonal vegetables, small plates for sharing, and Alta CA’s signature soft serve sundaes. On weekends, full-service brunch and dinner will be served. While Daniel will lead the kitchen creatively, Chef Anthony Lee of Alta CA is the Executive Chef. The menu will be accompanied by a selection of low ABV cocktails, an extensive vermouth program, house-made sodas, and a wine list curated by DPG’s wine director Mark Mendoza.
Inside, Alta draws inspiration from the warm industrial aesthetic and communal spirit of Alta CA, while complementing the minimalist details of the gallery spaces. Woodworker Tyler Bradford crafted pine flooring that extends up the bar and counter, topped in [marble and wood block, respectively], creating a sense of spaciousness and offsetting the concrete walls, white painted surfaces and open stainless steel kitchen. The space will be accentuated with community tables, vintage copper light fixtures and custom ceramics by Jered’s Pottery. As with Alta CA, art will take a prominent place within the dining room.
In 2015, Catherine Wagner was commissioned by Andy and Deborah Rappaport to photograph the transformation of the 1275 Minnesota Street building. She constructed photographs and made transitory sculptures as the skeletal space became a structured environment throughout the year. Wagner’s installation at Daniel Patterson’s newest restaurant, Alta, utilizes photographs that she made of the construction of the 1275 Minnesota Street art complex. Site specific photographs are integrated into the architecture of the restaurant; images that solidify fleeting moments, and the artist’s subtle interventions. The site specific installations respond to transition and the materiality of the foundations for this important cultural center. This project presents what Wagner refers to as an archeology in reverse.
About Daniel Patterson Group
More than ten years ago, Daniel Patterson opened Coi, an innovative fine dining restaurant in San Francisco. The restaurant became an internationally recognized success, and the foundation for the Daniel Patterson Group. Today, the growing group includes six-award winning restaurants: Coi, Alfred’s SF, Alta CA, and Aster in San Francisco, as well as Haven and Plum Bar in Oakland. The team also joined with Los Angeles chef Roy Choi to launch LocoL, a revolutionary fast-food company designed to bring jobs and real food to underserved communities.