Not just where dudes with an understanding of the debt crisis and hot European girlfriends named Mimi sit, Rich Table's also a much-anticipated restaurant opening next Thursday in Hayes Valley with a 62-seat interior sporting wall-to-wall wood pulled from a Petaluma saw mill, a row of custom lamps made from found gas pipes, and an open kitchen run by the Riches -- a husband-wife duo that's cooked at Bouley, Mas, Quince, Michael Mina & Coi. Their menu's eclectically American like you've probably never seen, with oysters on the half in ocean broth, and corn fritters (w/ yeast & cilantro salsa verde), plus fuller fare like ricotta agnolotti & pork belly (w/ favas and good ol'... Douglas fir needles for flavoring?), or a hanger steak with nettles, Basque peppers, and button mushrooms, which you'd better not push... off your plate. And because pushing all those button mushrooms is exhausting/will make you crazy thirsty, RT's got an extensive wine list, eight beers (three draft, five bottled), and specialty cocktails like the Barn Wood (Templeton rye, peaches, Carpano Antica & stone fruit bitters). There's also a private, eight-top-equipped dining area in back that'll be bookable in the not too distant future, aka when those rich dudes'll finally hire a butler for their butler's butler.
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