Photo Credit: Marija Vidal
Photo Credit: Marija Vidal

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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 the street, 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. 

Alta’s warm and welcoming design, with dark wood floors paired with a walnut bar and tables made by local woodworker Tyler Bradford, complements the visionary work by Jensen Architects on the greater Minnesota Street project complex.  An open kitchen and accents of raw concrete and white paint visually connect the space to the minimalist details of the gallery spaces, while the main highlight of the room is the featured artwork by photographer and Minnesota Street Project studio resident, Catherine Wagner.

“I’m incredibly excited to partner with Minnesota Street Project. I have admired their team’s mission and commitment to the arts community,” said Daniel Patterson. “Our goal in partnering with the Project is to offer an accessible space for both 1275 gallery tenants, artists, visitors and the surrounding communities, where guests can experience fine art and cuisine together. We’re thrilled to work with an organization and destination that supports cutting-edge visual artists.”

Alta’s Minnesota Street Project location offers a warm and welcoming setting, with a menu of market-driven, creative California cooking. Chef Matt Brimer, formerly of Haven, heads the kitchen. Starting at 11am daily, lunch menus, ordered at the counter, offer food, coffee and drinks for takeaway or a seated meal. Pastries and breads are readily available during the day, as well as cooked to order items, in a space thoroughly conducive for work, meetings or casually hanging out. In the evening, the dinner menu mirrors Alta’s current menu format, with small and large plates, plus Alta’s signature soft serve sundaes for dessert. Alta’s menu is accompanied by a selection of low ABV cocktails, an extensive vermouth program, house-made sodas, and a wine list curated by Alta Group’s Bar Director, Aaron Paul.

Alta Group started as a free-standing restaurant in the mid-Market area of San Francisco, created by DPG (Coi, Aster, Alfred’s Plum Bar). With its innovative design, large bar and fun, high energy atmosphere, it was a success from day one. Alta’s core values – hospitality, deliciousness and accessibility – resonated with the neighborhood, and it became a popular gathering place. Minnesota Street Project is Alta’s second location.

For a look at some of the dishes at Alta, check out 7x7's "First Taste" here

Artwork at Alta
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 Alta utilizes photographs that she created during the construction of the 1275 Minnesota Street art complex. Integrated into the architecture of the restaurant, her site-specific photographs depict images that solidify fleeting moments and the artist’s subtle interventions. Responding to transition and the materiality of the foundations for this important cultural center, the Alta installation presents what Wagner refers to as “an archeology in reverse”.  Wagner also created the artwork for Patterson’s Coi and Plum Bar.