The Fillmore: At long last, the gas switch has been flipped at Dosa on Fillmore and an opening is close. Very close. If everything falls into place, it could be open to the public as soon as Friday—for what it's worth, that's the day that OpenTable says right now—but almost surely by next Monday the 1st. Stay tuned for updates, but in the meantime, we have a few new items of note. First, a bigger kitchen means a bigger menu, so take a gander at the dinner menu (.pdf), which you'll note includes the option for a $39 four-course tasting menu. But what we also want to talk about are the myriad green features incorporated into Dosa on Fillmore by design firm Architects II.
There are too many green/sustainable features to list in their entirety (see the brochure by Architects II for the whole shebang), but here are just a handful of the notable—and unique—highlights. Suffice to say, "green buildings" have come a long way:
-All refrigeration equipment is on the roof in the form of remote condensers rather than self-contained units.· Opening Dinner Menu [.pdf]
-Speaking of the condensers, they are state of the art with a computerized monitoring system and time clocks that limit cycling during non-peak use times.
-The wood—from the plywood to the custom furniture—is specified to be constructed with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
-The waterless urinal in the men's room saves ~4000 gallons of water per year.
-The water heating system utilizes a solar water pre-heat system, feeding a 580 gallon holding tank
-Ultra-high efficiency equipment was specified for heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) of the space, all of which are controlled in tandem by an “intelligent” computer system.
-Windows are tinted to reduce heat gain during the day and heat loss at night.
· Green Features Brochure [.pdf]
· Dosa on Fillmore [OpenTable]