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Villon’s Modern Aesthetic Brings Lively Contrast to an Historic Space in Mid-Market

Old SF meets new SF in this sleek design

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Villon restaurant

Villon, the newest Mid-Market dining hopeful within the Proper Hotel, is now open. The restaurant offers all-day dining from chef Jason Franey, a Bay Area chef who has made his way back after stints at Canlis in Seattle and Restaurant 1833 in Monterey, and bespoke cocktails from SF’s own BV Hospitality (the guys behind Trick Dog). Now, a shared-plate menu of “contemporary American cuisine” has landed in a historic building, which was designed by LA-based Kelly Wearstler (also behind Proper’s other hotel properties).

“The city is our muse in everything from the palette and materials to local artists and influences. San Francisco is intelligent, sophisticated, creative, charming, historic, modern – it has rich European influence and a distinctly West Coast vibe,” said Wearstler via email. “The design of San Francisco Proper aims to bring together the best of the old world with the most vibrant of the new.”

Working with the 100-year-old historic building, Wearstler says she and her team took a cue from “a range of early pre-modernist European styles,” while “the deep colors, rich textures and natural materials complement the patina of the original building.” Since Villon is in the lobby on the ground floor, it’s on display to guests immediately with three distinct areas: the European-styled lobby salon, the dining room, and a private dining room with seating for up to 14.

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Next up will be the October opening of Charmaine’s, a rooftop bar and lounge with more drinks from the Bon Vivants, and small bites from Franey.

The restaurant is now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (with breakfast until 11 a.m.), Friday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (with breakfast until 11 a.m.).