- The bar
- The open kitchen and chef's counter
- Downstairs wine cellar adjacent to long hand-made wooden tables for larger parties and private parties
- Glasses for autumn
- Vintage chicken feeders form some of the lights.
- A plaque on the floor by the door announces the seasonal muse of the moment for AQ's decor and menu.
Things are getting very close to opening at SoMa's AQ Restaurant & Bar. Former La Folie chef Mark Liberman and owner Matt Semmelhack aim to provide a nuanced, welcome change for the neighborhood—a nice place to get a meal and a glass of wine, along the lines of the Ranges and Mavericks that litter the Mission. Here's Liberman's latest menu, which includes market-fresh tweaks, made yesterday in preparation for opening. Keep in mind—as the video on their website shows—there are culinary tweezers in use here.
Semmelhack says they'll open anywhere in the next five days, pending inspections. So as the world waits for the final word, take a look at the interior here, designed by Rebecca Amato and Eric Heid. As mentioned, flower arrangements, table settings, and art work will change the mood of the restaurants with the seasons. Also: Manzanita trees which boast autumnal coloring now, and shed their leaves each winter. Above is the bar area, the dining room, and a first peek at the wine cellar downstairs, which will eventually play host to large and private parties. For more background, do take a jaunt back through the Eater Archives. [UPDATE: AQ just passed final inspections and will open tomorrow night, Nov. 3, for dinner at 5 p.m.]
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