Inside the French Laundry’s New Snøhetta-Designed Kitchen
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015, by Lamar Anderson

Rendering courtesy Snøhetta
The saloon-turned-laundromat-turned-Michelin-starred restaurant that is Thomas Keller’s French Laundry is getting its first major overhaul in 20 years. The historic dining room will be left unaltered, but the rest of the grounds and connected structures have already begun their transformation. The design, by Snøhetta with envelope A+D, replaces the restaurant’s supporting buildings with a new expanded kitchen, along with a new outbuilding for a 14,000-bottle wine cellar and offices, plus a revamped courtyard and peekaboo entry sequence that frames the restaurant’s blue door. While the renovation continues apace, Keller is making do with a pop-up kitchen in four shipping containers. The restaurant reopens continues on Curbed SF

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