The Plant: Café Organic occupies two historic waterfront buildings at Pier 3 The Embarcadero that straddle what was once a railroad passage. It is a full-service, 112-seat restaurant and a separate, counter-service cafe. The 1400-square-foot dining space, originally built in the early 1900s, features 18-foot ceilings, exposed timber structure, and 16-foot-high casement windows that admit natural light and stunning views of the water. The Plant is one of the “greenest” restaurants in San Francisco, and is one of the few in the country with a rooftop solar PV system for on-site, electrical energy production, which is used to power much of the kitchen.
The client’s program called for a sustainable design agenda that would be in sync with, and showcase, the food they are serving. The Plant serves an almost purely organic and primarily locally sources menu, and the space follows similar goals. The Architect inserted light, delicate interiors within the existing pier warehouses, using reclaimed wood, recycled-content tiles and an eclectic mix of zinc, cold-rolled steel, and stainless steel, to complete the space. San Francisco gardener Flora Grubb created a living wall, installed with air plants, on the cafe’s north wall. The Plant, like many new projects within converted pier buildings along San Francisco’s Embarcadero, is helping revitalize this edge of the city where the land meets the Bay.