Rich Table fans will soon have a new way to experience the surprising, flavorful food of chef/owners Sarah and Evan Rich. The wife-and-husband team is following up their popular debut with a rotisserie restaurant just a block away. Called RT Rotisserie, it will be a counter service spot meant to appeal to all.
Evan told Eater that he wants RT Rotisserie to be of service to parents and people on-the-go (he and Sarah often order delivery for their family), as well as sit-down diners looking for a more leisurely experience. While a huge focus will be on takeout, there will be (admittedly Zuni-inspired) oysters and wine available for those looking to sit down and stay a while.
“We want to create an atmosphere conducive to a group sitting down, and it’s the quintessential ‘above picture’ on Instagram with all this food,” he said. “There's something about chopping up a whole chicken and eating with your hands that really brings the table together. I want it to have zero pretension, but also to make it unmistakably Rich Table.”
Unmistakably Rich Table means unique spins on sides — don’t expect just roasted potatoes and vegetables. “I want you to come in and read the menu and think, ‘Oh, that sounds great,’ but then just do what we do and add something that makes it even that much more delicious,” Evan explained. “We're still coming up with the menu, but want it to be simple, yet take it to the next level. We're never satisfied with just sauteed spinach.” For example, Rich Table’s popular porcini doughnuts turn America’s favorite pastry savory with the surprising addition of mushroom powder.
What Evan does know about the menu so far is that it will be an as-affordable-as-possible price point, with the chicken combo dinner coming to $20 to $25 per person. Other menu items include soups, salads, sandwiches, and sides.
The whole Rich Table family is involved in this one; partner Johnny Gilbert is helping with operations, chef de cuisine Brandon Rice is working on the food, and wine director Dominique Henderson is handling wine. Fine Root is designing the 1,200-square-foot space, which will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hayes Valley is certainly the place to be for enthusiastic eaters these days; new openings Nightbird, Cala, Little Gem, and Petit Crenn recently debuted, and The Starling and The Riddler are forthcoming. RT Rotisserie will join the squad in early 2017.
Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, the Cities Director for Eater, is the author of Rich Table's impending cookbook. She has recused herself from involvement in any Rich Table coverage on Eater.