[Photos: Patricia Chang]
Though Quince only moved into its current Jackson Square home five years ago, it's undergone numerous renovations since then, with the debut of next-door spinoff Cotogna in 2010 and the addition of a lounge in 2012. But its latest effort, for which the 10-year-old, two-Michelin-starred restaurant shuttered for a couple of months, is its biggest yet. Michael and Lindsay Tusk undertook the renovation to give the palatial dining room more of the intimacy and warmth their old location in Pac Heights (which is now Baker & Banker) possessed. They also wanted to build more areas for private dining and introduce a chef's counter.
The new Quince, designed by Douglas Durkin, exposes more of the space's original brick walls, and brings in a brown-and-orange color scheme. The entrance now features a new antechamber and host stand, which lead into a Champagne bar; the former lounge has become two new private dining rooms, each accommodating up to 12 guests (and with a dedicated chef and service team). Cotogna also has a new semi-private dining area for 12 in its kitchen, while the two-seat chef's counter will offer a special menu of its own. Diners can expect some interesting new creations from Michael Tusk, who spent the break flexing his creative muscles with curATE, an art-centric pop-up attended by the likes of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.