Former Atelier Crenn chef de cuisine Rodney Wages is just about ready to take reservations for his most polished solo restaurant experience to date, Avery. The newly renamed fine-dining destination replaces the chef’s much-praised pop-up RTB Fillmore, which Wages ran as a temporary venture in the same 1552 Fillmore space (the former Mosu) until March 3. Avery will open on April 10 after designer Noz Nozawa (Noz Design) completes a brief remodel of the space, as RTB’s decor was still essentially Mosu’s. Reservations and payments system Tock will start booking tables on Friday, March 23.
For this latest, permanent incarnation of his restaurant, Wages is joined by an ace fine dining team that includes partner and general manager Matthew Mako (Benu, Saison), chef de cuisine Kristina Compton (Atelier Crenn, Plum), and sommelier Daniel Bromberg (TrueSake, Les Clos). Bromberg told Eater in January that he’d come up with a sake-only beverage pairing for Avery “to showcase the different ways sake can be food-friendly and fun.”
On Tock, Customers can pay in advance for options centered around Avery’s 10 course, $89 tasting menu, which Wages is calling “Cello Player” after the name of a celebrated Avery painting. Some dishes that struck San Francisco magazine critic Josh Sens in his glowing January review of RTB Fillmore were a NorCal spin on surf and turf with lamb loin and seared abalone, as well as a tortellini en brodo preparation with smoked foie gras.
The petite, 2,000 square foot Fillmore Street restaurant has room for 38 seats, and takes its new name and inspiration from the great modern American painter Milton Avery. For its own painterly touch, muralist Victor Reyes will contribute an installation to the restaurant. “The space is going to feel like a home” with “lots of color and texture,” Mako said of the switch in January.