A Bar-Restaurant By Any Other Name...
Modern meets history
In 2010, Peter Glikshtern, Jones’ founder, discovered that the lower level of the historic Gaylord Hotel, San Francisco’s “Landmark 159,” had been vacant for decades. With a sprawling outdoor patio that extends all the way to Geary Street, the rooftop rubble was clearly an amazing venue waiting to happen. Shortly thereafter, the space went through a complete renovation and interior redesign for a 2011 Jones opening.
To bring elements of the historic building’s Spanish Colonial Revival architecture into the new space, Glikshtern worked with architect Kyle Reicher of Ferrous Studios Inc., to zero in on a key design element of the period: the wrought iron grilles in front of the hotel lobby.
With custom metalwork, the pattern was modernized and repeated throughout Jones—from the large gates that welcome guests to the guard railsto the ornate metal wall between the main stairs and the main room.
Oh, how our garden grows!
The 8,000 sq. foot Jones patio is a horticultural gem in heart of San Francisco. Guests enjoy a lush land of Australian plantings, creating seductive evening spaces and a beautiful Sunday brunch environment. The garden’s color palette of salmon, silver, burgundy, lime and deep green stemmed from Peter Glikshtern’s choice of the beautiful Arbutus Marina trees that line the board form concrete planters. The first day that trees were planted, an Anna’s hummingbird appeared and they flourish there today. The discreetly winter blooming flowers add hidden nectar and are wonderful sources for bees and butterflies. So even though it is a garden designed of tough “bar tolerant plants,” (which also survive the harsher San Francisco conditions), they bear gifts for our city’s co-habitating creatures as well.
In 1929, inspired by the buildings of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego, prolific architect H. C. Baumann designed the Gaylord Hotel at 620 Jones in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. It still stands today, just to the left of the Jones entrance.
Note the wrought iron grille design on the windows, an element celebrated and repeated throughout the bar-restaurant.