Greek restaurant Souvla has unveiled its fifth San Francisco location in the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Like its predecessors, Souvla Dogpatch was crafted by the brand’s founder and CEO Charles Bililies and channels the Mediterranean as well as accentuates the character of the site.
“Unlike most of our restaurants, which involve extensive remodels that take an existing space down to the studs, we wanted to honor many of the existing materials and architectural elements in the inherited place,” Bililies says. “We wanted Souvla’s latest to stand on its own with respect to design—blending classic Souvla elements in a more industrial setting along with some subtle nautical references in a nod to the adjacent piers and former shipyards.”
Original elements, including steel corten shelving, line the space in contrast to new materials—like vintage brass and dark walnut—that convey an industrial sensibility. Jute rope elements paired with antiquities and ceramics sourced from Greece further channel the Mediterranean.
Below 19-foot-tall ceilings, Souvla Dogpatch is anchored by the group’s first Greek wine bar. A wall of former factory windows that once connected to a neighboring brewery have been frosted and illuminated to serve as a focal point—particularly the central vitrine, which hosts a vintage olive tree.