Category Archives: Restaurants/Bars

2015 James Beard Awards Semifinalists Announced

Last week the 2015 James Beard Awards semifinalists were announced including some of our friends and restaurants where we have done work. Included is Bar Agricole for Outstanding Bar Program, Michael Mina, Mina Restaurants for Outstanding Restaurateur, and The Progress for Best New Restaurant. We made a variety of pieces including the banquettes at Bar Agricole; flower vessels, console tabletops, […]

Portfolio Feature: Penrose & Sunday Suppers Fundraiser

Charlie Hallowell's much anticipated third restaurant, Penrose, opened in November 2013. This mainly raw and grill-based establishment incorporates a unique poured-in-place bar to achieve the specific appearance of troweled concrete. Concreteworks also fabricated the pre-cast columns and footers for the bar and restroom vanities. Hallowell's other restaurants, also located in Oakland, include his original Pizzaiolo […]

Guide to Bay Area Restaurants

We often have the pleasure of working with great restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for projects large and small. Take a tour of some of the restaurants we have contributed to over the past few years in our 2014 Restaurant Guide. Featuring: Penrose (Oakland) Abbot's Cellar (SF) Outerlands (SF) Roka Akor (SF) Sightglass […]

Outerlands Now Open!

Outerlands restaurant in San Francisco's Sunset District is now open, following a renovation and expansion into the neighboring space, formerly Wo's Chinese Restaurant. Additional seating and a full bar were added, and there was a transition to a new chef: Greg Kuzia-Carmel (Per Se, Altamarea Group). The beautiful existing natural wood elements continue into the new space, designed by […]

2014 James Beard Foundation Awards | Winners

The James Beard Foundation Awards took place on Monday, May 5th, in New York City. Among the winners are Daniel Patterson of Coi for Best Chef: West and Jensen Architects with Shed for Outstanding Restaurant Design: 76 Seats and Over. The award is "the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America," as stated on the James […]

2014 James Beard Foundation Awards

This coming Monday, May 5th, is the annual James Beard Foundation Awards Gala in New York City. For the 4th year in a row, Bar Agricole in San Francisco is nominated for an award. In 2011 they won the Outstanding Restaurant Design Award with Aidling Darling Design, and then in 2012, 2013, and this year […]

Friends of Concreteworks: Mariko Reed | Architectural Photographer

We are launching a new monthly series featuring friends of Concreteworks, focusing on people we have worked with and admire. The first in the series features Mariko Reed, an architectural photographer based in San Francisco and Hawaii. She has been our main photographer for about 8 years with her work present throughout our portfolio of […]

Now Open: Trou Normand

This week Thad Vogler of Bar Agricole opened his new restaurant Trou Normand on the ground floor of the historic Art Deco Pacific Telephone Building in San Francisco. Slated to be open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., the restaurant will serve food all day with breakfast sandwiches and coffee in the morning to hearty […]

Concreteworks Public Installations Map

We recently gathered a list of the public installations of our work around the San Francisco Bay Area (as well as the East Coast, the Bahamas, and France) and created an interactive Google map with photos, information about our scope, and links to our website or the location.  You can take your own restaurant, winery, […]

Aidlin Darling Design Honored in the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Aidlin Darling Design is honored in the 2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture for their work at Bar Agricole restaurant in San Francisco. "The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) have selected nine projects for the 2014 Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture. Recognized as some of the most “outstanding building interiors created by architects licensed in […]