A couple of SF restaurant industry veterans have settled down with Range Life, a new restaurant now open in more affordable Livermore. Sarah Niles, a former manager and wine director at Outerlands, and husband Bill Niles, former co-chef at Tartine Manufactory, joined with another couple — Lauren Heanes, a commercial set designer and native of Livermore, and Waine Longwell, previously of a Brooklyn bar named Alameda — to pursue the new business at 2160 Railroad Avenue, where Range Life is currently open for dinner with a full bar and market component. An all-day format is promised down the line, and a menu is below.
“I think if you’re at a point in your career where you want to be the sole person behind [a restaurant], it’s very hard in San Francisco,” Bill Niles told Eater SF in December. Hence, he and wife Sarah moved along with their young daughter from a one-bedroom in the city to their new home in Livermore.
As chef, Bill Niles’ focus is on vegetables, with roasted and grilled meats to complement them, as informed by his experience at Tartine Manufactory, and before that, Kronnerburger and the Mission’s erstwhile St. Vincent.
Sarah Niles is behind the wine, and Longwell has a cocktail list that includes concoctions like a Charlotte’s Web (with mezcal, velvet falernum, dry grapefruit, egg white, black lime), named for the former tenant of the space.
As for the new restaurant’s name, it’s safe to assume these folks are fans of Gen-x favorite Pavement.
Current Range Life hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., closed Tuesdays.
- Tartine and Outerlands Vets to Open Restaurant in Livermore [ESF]
- Range Life [Official]