The Cavalier represents the third restaurant in just over three years from Executive Chef/ Partner Jennifer Puccio and Managing Partners Anna Weinberg and James Nicholas.
Building on the successes of Marlowe and Park Tavern, The Cavalier aims to be an instant classic- that favorite restaurant and bar where you want to eat every meal, and stop by at any time of day.
The 135-seat restaurant is divided into four unique, intimate spaces, designed by Ken Fulk, the ultimate mix master of high style and downtown cool.
“We wanted it to be a spot buzzing with activity and filled with a sense of history,” says Fulk, who wore Thom Browne to the recent opening party, before leaving for a few days of relaxation in his beloved Provincetown.
A glamorous group of the restaurateur’s friends and fans, and some of our favorite San Franistas, attended the event, including Restoration Hardware’s Gary Friedman, LaFace Laboratories’ Lisa Alexander, interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks, actor Kyle MacLachlan, Banana Republic’s Jack Calhoun, Popchips CEO Keith Bellings, Willie Brown, Jr., Karen Caldwell, Mary Beth Shimmon, Libby Leffler, Asim Abdullah, and Shirley Robinson, among others.
Mary Beth Shimmon, Ken Fulk – Jon dela Cruz, Claudia Ross, Jack Calhoun, Anna Weinberg
The space is comprised of four spaces: a bar, called “The Blue Bar”, two dining rooms, and an intimate inset space.
The crimson-hued Main Dining Room is surrounded by luxe black banquettes. “It was important for us to create a space where there wasn’t one bad seat in the house,” says Nicholas. To the side of the room is a cozy, inset space called “The Wine Stables,” wrapped in a hand painted scene of a formal English Fox Hunt, created by Shirley Robinson.
The second dining room (our favorite) is called “The Rail Car,” named for the room’s likeness to a heritage train, complete with brass luggage racks set atop the banquettes to set shopping and bags upon.
Shirley Robinson, Joy Venturini Bianchi – Mike Harden, Shauna Harden
Justine Higueras, Heather Doshay, Libby Leffler – Ivan Bekichev, Tatiana Sorokko
Dante Young, Angella Sprauve – Keith Belling, Lora DuBain
Claire Morrissey, Teresa Rodriguez, Bianchi Nolfi, Jessica Hon – Angie Silvy, Lisa Tennyson
Launching with a dinner-only menu, The Cavalier will then expand into breakfast and lunch starting October 1st, 2013.
A semi-private club at the rear of The Cavalier, Marianne’s, will open in the coming months. Named for Weinberg’s favorite style icon, Marianne Faithfull, the intimate salon is fittingly decadent, with low lighting, Moroccan touches and club chairs perfect for late night tete-a-tetes.
After such an impressive opening, and with exciting plans still in the works, it’s no wonder Anna Weinberg collapsed into the arms of longtime pal Greg Lopez!