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Inside International Smoke, Ayesha Curry and Michael Mina’s Monument to Barbecue

It’s now filling the first floor of the Millennium Tower

International Smoke is now filling the first floor of the Millennium Tower and the sizable shoes of Michael Mina’s previous restaurant there, RN74. Setting the stage for Mina’s partnership with celebrity chef Ayesha Curry is an interior remodel from Los Angeles-based designers Bishop Pass. Have a look at the freshly updated 301 Mission Street space: The restaurant opens to the public on Monday, November 13, and is taking online reservations.

The center bar space at International Smoke has room for 20 people, and the dining room holds seats for 80. That includes a number of booths, perfect for the occasional group of celebrity athletes — Curry’s husband is reportedly some sort of sports figure.

The setting might be cushy, but prepare to be transported, says Curry, whose flavors will be “reminiscent of an outdoor family gathering.” The menu is a world tour of smoke-infused food from St. Louis-cut ribs to Japanese-style grilled lobster and Punjabi fish fry.

“My diversity is reflected in the way that I cook,” Curry has said. “Grilling is the perfect way to experiment and taste different flavors, cuts of meat, and styles of cooking.” To accompany them, diners are promised “large-format cocktails” and international beers, plus local selections on draft.

Patricia Chang

International Smoke

301 Mission Street, , CA 94105 (415) 722-2138 Visit Website

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