The Battery to Open Soon

The Battery, the members-only social club you've heard so much about lately, that was founded by Michael and Xochi Birch, is scheduled to open this fall, with 100 founding members already on board.

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Michael Birch, Xochi Birch and Ken Fulk at the opening of “Real to Real: Photographs From the Traina Collection” in 2012.
Photo: Drew Altizer

In a process that took four years to complete, the landmark 1907 Musto Plaza building at 717 Battery Street was transformed by architectural firm Fee Munson Ebert, and designer Ken Fulk, into a stunning 60,000 square foot space that has a 14-room boutique hotel, a 7,000 square foot penthouse suite, four bars, a study, a library, a parlor that can accommodate 90 people, a gym, a game room, a koi pond, a 3,000 bottle wine vault, and probably a dozen other delights to be discovered once members start enjoying the space.

Ken Fulk recently remarked to the Wall Street Journal that “there isn't anything in San Francisco like it,” and Trevor Traina, a friend of the Birchs, calls it “a gift to the city” in a recent issue of Vanity Fair.

There's also buzz about 717B, the club's casual-chic restaurant, which under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Arbusto (who worked with the legendary Alain Ducasse) is destined to become one of the top dining spots in San Francisco.