I found a great story on Remodelista.com about a hot restaurant in San Francisco called Saison (Michelin 2 Star restaurant). Its genesis was in 2006 as a pop-up restaurant (open only one day/week with a $60 prix fixe menu) launched by Chef Joshua Skenes and sommelier Mark Bright in the Mission District. Saison has evolved into one of the premiere dining destinations on the west coast.
Saison version 3.0 recently moved into the historic California Electric Light Company Building, a survivor of the 1906 earthquake. With 35-foot-high ceilings and only 18 seats plus 12 at the bar, the interior design could feel cold and industrial, but instead, the spaces feel warm and intimate. Credit goes to the renowned kitchen designer Tim Harrison (French Laundry and Per Se), as well as Bassel Samaha, Michael Gibson and interior designer Jiun Ho who all collaborated to transition the existing space into something quite unique. The kitchen and the dining room are one - there are no boundaries - therefore it feels like you are eating in someone's home. Its no wonder reservations are required months in advance!
Here is the link to Remodelista's story. Take a look and let me know what you think about this new use of old space.