Wild Goose was created as Lake Tahoe’s premier dining establishment and the “crown jewel” of Northstar Properties resort amenity program. Renovating an existing lakeside restaurant, Cass Calder Smith Architecture of San Francisco has designed the setting for a world-class dining experience, removing all visual obstructions to the lake. The interior takes its inspiration from the lake cruisers of the 1920s, the wooden boats still immensely popular for their precision, quality and retro style. The resulting ambience is luxurious, yet sporty and informal.
According to Smith, the design re-establishes the classic lines of Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.
“The feeling is like Harry’s in Venice. After a day of sight-seeing, you go back to a place you know,” says architect Cass Smith, whose firm has designed some of San Francisco’s most vibrant restaurants, including LuLu, Azie and Rose Pistola. “It’s elevated; it’s a classic. It’s not about the avant garde or tomorrow.
The open, streamlined spaces are finished with mahogany, fine leather, chrome and polished stainless steel. The new composition offers a large mahogany bar, a main dining room open to a new mezzanine, a custom fireplace intersected by a community dining table, and a covered outdoor dining area that is nestled in the trees.
“Summer is actually the biggest season at Lake Tahoe,” says Smith. “We were designing toward that.”
Given the restaurant’s spectacular siting on the water, CCS reworked the spaces to open every seat to the lake. The heated outdoor areas are canopied for sun and rain shelter.
Consistent with the wishes of client Tahoe Mountain Resorts, the design takes a pioneering approach to environmental responsibility. Materials were primarily locally sourced and, whenever possible, recycled or sustainably procured. These elements include: Insulation made from recycled denim blue jeans; certified sustainable harvested lumber; reclaimed-wood paneling; bathroom and kitchen tiles made from recycled glass and ceramic; kitchen walls and bar back coating made from recycled milk jugs; zero to low-VOC paints and stains.