Hi Lo BBQ

The 1800 SF restaurant interior was inspired by the unique cathedral-like space of the original 1900 building. Previously housing a Filipino-American Hall, we exposed the roof’s wood framing , and chose materials to achieve a raw-modern-warm style that echoes Scott Youkilis’ sophisticated global take on rustic barbeque.

The rich material palette features charred cedar plank siding (aka “Shou Sugi Ban”, an ancient Japanese wood preservation technique, and a visual metaphor for BBQ), hand plastered walls , salvaged tin, rustic/industrial recycled gas cap pendant lights,  and communal white oak tables with salvaged 10″ square douglas fir beams as bases. These highly textural elements contrast with the mezzanine’s sleek glass railing and custom amber glass apothecary bottle chandelier, designed by the architects, with 1100 amber apothecary bottles sourced from San Francisco’s own ScrapSF.

Four custom fabricated halo chandeliers by Harrison Woodworking hang from the 16′ ceilings. A dramatic 22 foot long beach landscape photograph hangs on one wall, serving as both an injection of color into the space as well as providing acoustic absorption (in addition to the acoustic panels placed between the roof rafters). Floors are distressed wood, original to the space. Harkening back to it’s outdoor barbecue roots, there are custom white oak long communal tables and benches.

Project Description

Charred Cedar Walls and a 7000 lb smoker meet in a globally-influenced BBQ joint.

The 1800 SF restaurant interior was inspired by the unique cathedral-like space of the original 1900 building. Previously housing a Filipino-American Hall, we exposed the roof’s wood framing , and chose materials to achieve a raw-modern-warm style that echoes Scott Youkilis’ sophisticated global take on rustic barbeque.

The rich material palette features charred cedar plank siding (aka “Shou Sugi Ban”, an ancient Japanese wood preservation technique, and a visual metaphor for BBQ), hand plastered walls , salvaged tin, rustic/industrial recycled gas cap pendant lights,  and communal white oak tables with salvaged 10″ square douglas fir beams as bases. These highly textural elements contrast with the mezzanine’s sleek glass railing and custom amber glass apothecary bottle chandelier, designed by the architects, with 1100 amber apothecary bottles sourced from San Francisco’s own ScrapSF.

Four custom fabricated halo chandeliers by Harrison Woodworking hang from the 16′ ceilings. A dramatic 22 foot long beach landscape photograph hangs on one wall, serving as both an injection of color into the space as well as providing acoustic absorption (in addition to the acoustic panels placed between the roof rafters). Floors are distressed wood, original to the space. Harkening back to it’s outdoor barbecue roots, there are custom white oak long communal tables and benches.

Project Details

LOCATION
TEAM
CLIENT: Hi Lo BBQ
CONTRACTOR: S4S Construction
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: S4S Construction
FOOD SERVICE: KRBS
SHELL ARCHITECT: Adamson Molina
PHOTOGRAPHER: Eurydice Galka
PRESS
SF Weekly
The walls are lined with burnt and shellacked cedar for a visually striking smokehouse vibe, and the high-vaulted ceilings and windows give the room an airy, cathedral-like atmosphere.
Serious Eats
The space leads to a convivial atmosphere—the sleek, high-ceilinged restaurant evokes a funky, minimalist barn, with an upstairs mezzanine and warm wood communal tables to ensure maximum space to chow down.
SF Eater
The Atmosphere News: Yelper Yea A. likes that the "casual yet chic atmosphere" is "good for dining alone, in groups, or even for a date."