Mini Mart

san francisco

Rebirth of cool in the Tenderloin.  The evolution from subsistence business to rarefied comestibles began as a masonry tire garage, then rebirthed into a dry cleaners with a contemporary storefront of its own. Our project stripped back the layers of vice and corruption to lay bare the brick exterior and revealed at the interior. Strengthening for the future resulted in double moment frames, concrete retaining walls and a new interior of terrazzo, walnut millwork, and stainless steel.  A new wood storefront welcomes all through latticework gates into a terrazzo lined retail food display with a restaurant grade commercial kitchen in the basement.   

Typology Commercial
completed Summer 2016
materials Terrazzo, walnut millwork, precast concrete, McNear brick, Oscartek displays, Heston cooking appliances, Amerlux, Aion, Bega, Dasal, Stonco lighting fixtures


Architect Elmer Lin, Hong Liu
Lighting Engineer Ross Weller
Contractor Plant Construction
Structural Engineer Murphy Burr Curry
MEP Engineer MHC Engineers
Geotechnical Engineer Langan Treadwell Rollo
Waterproofing Consultant Newman-Sloat/Blanco Arch.
Food Service Consultant Abrams Tanaka Associates
Specifications Emily Borland Specifications
Photography Brad Knipstein