Sessions at the Presidio, a new "American Public House" from Michael Bilger and Evin Gelleri's opened its doors on Monday in the Letterman Digital Arts Center. The 3500 square foot space, designed by Lundberg Design, plays with an interesting combination of natural and manufactured materials for a look that's a bit like "knotty pine cabin meets industrial loft space." A steel armature filled with repurposed acrylic tiles separates the entrance and the main dining room, the latter of which has a whopping 150 seats, including a wall of booths.There is also a sizeable bar, private dining room, and 50-seat outdoor patio.
As Eater recently reported, Sessions is bound to become a popular spot for beer lovers, with over 100 beers, including 24 on draft, and a few that were brewed in small lots on site. The opening list was crafted by Master Cicerone Nicole Erny, while on-site Beer Evangelist Jordan Spaulding will be there daily to guide customers through the choices. There's also a 30-bottle wine list with 10 wines on tap, and, of course, a craft cocktail program focusing on farm-fresh ingredients from Peter Ziegler.
Executive chef Michael Bilger's menu offers seasonal farm-driven dishes with many of the fruits, vegetables, and herbs coming from Skywalker Ranch, which they describe as "an extension of Sessions' backyard." There are a large selection of small plates to be shared, as well as a few larger plate options for grownups who never got into the whole sharing thing. And for those who never got into math, they'll be happy to know there's an automatic 20% service charge that goes towards higher wages, healthcare, and paid time off.
Sessions at the Presidio is open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.p