Kor Group Opens “A Temporary Offering” in the Renoir Hotel

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The Kor Group announces the grand opening of "A Temporary Offering" -- A pop-up collaboration of local businesses at the Renoir Hotel in San Francisco, CA. A Temporary Offering officially opened June 21, 2012 in San Francisco’s Mid-Market District.

On the heels of Twitter’s recent move into San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood, the city officially welcomed A Temporary Offering (ATO) – a new collection of pop-up concepts integrating virtually an entire city block and creating an urban destination on the ground floor of The Kor Group’s newly acquired Renoir Hotel. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Ed Lee took place on Thursday, June 21 and introduced A Temporary Offering as a brand new dining and shopping destination for Mid-Market.

“We are very excited to see this project fully come to fruition,” says Alex Samek, a Principal at Kor. He adds, “We have worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and they have been instrumental in helping facilitate our activation of the hotel’s retail spaces.”

After purchasing the Renoir Hotel earlier this year, Kor immediately set out to create partnerships with local entrepreneurs in various industries within the neighborhood. SF FoodLab, The Bon Vivants, and The Luggage Store Gallery collaborated with Kor to utilize the once boarded up spaces on the ground floor and bring Kor’s concept, ATO, to life.

ATO’s carefully thought out venues include a restaurant helmed by FoodLab (1106 Market Street) that offers daily lunch service and pop-up dinners nightly. Most recently, SF FoodLab has served Sol Food’s Puerto Rican cuisine, Lima Peruvian, Southern Sandwich, and Soul Groove. Future pop-ups include Onigilly, Good Eggs and Harley Richter Meats. SF FoodLab also offers a large, licensed, shared-use commercial kitchen available for rent to aspiring food entrepreneurs and chefs. Their restaurant seats 50 and features design elements from local favorite Kelly Malone.

Next door, Rio Grande (1108 Market Street), a whiskey and tequila bar created by renowned cocktail and spirit team The Bon Vivants, has welcomed locals and visitors alike to experience a themed atmosphere that has been described as “Bordertown Texas roadhouse meets From Dusk ‘Til Dawn.” The cocktails are straightforward and delicious and the bar program focuses mainly on a large selection of whiskies (30+) and tequilas & mezcals (50+). The interior of Rio Grande is a collection of repurposed metal, wood and vintage pieces that have been collected over the years and have found a home in the bar’s aesthetic.
The third piece of A Temporary Offering is Trailhead (1100 Market Street), a satellite retail project from the Luggage Store Gallery in collaboration with Intersection for the Arts that brings together locally-roasted coffee by Farm:Table, Julian Dash’s youth-initiated high-end denim boutique Holy Stitch, a seedling farm outlet from the Tenderloin National Forest, and local artist-made ephemera, including books, zines, and maps.
“ATO is the mutual intention of designing a space to create both a destination for food, drink and art as well as a place for local entrepreneurs to test new ideas and showcase their skills in a relaxed setting that encourages experimentation and embraces the neighborhood.“ says Kor Principal Brian De Lowe. “We have already had great feedback from the community about ATO and we’re thrilled to continue to grow and adapt the concept and support up-and-comers.”

ATO is located between Jones and 7th on Market Street in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood. Please visit http://atemporaryoffering.com/ for more information and hours specific to each pop-up. Follow ATO on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/@atemporaryoffer and like its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ATemporaryOffering.

A Temporary Offering (ATO) is a collection of three unique spaces located on the ground floor of the historic Renoir Hotel in San Francisco. Retail hours, cuisine and dining times vary and are announced via ATO’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information, please visit: http://www.atemporaryoffering.com

Founded in 1999, The Kor Group is a fully-integrated real estate investment, development and management firm. Kor has been recognized in the industry as a leading innovator in the design and development of lifestyle properties. Its track record demonstrates its expertise in bringing new life to an investment, often through design coupled with extensive rehabilitation and repositioning. By fusing creative design with an agile investment and development discipline, Kor has amassed a portfolio of high performing assets and has built a signature brand translatable across its properties. Since inception, Kor has acquired and developed hospitality, residential, and office assets valued in excess of $2 billion. Kor was also the force behind the origination and development of the renowned Viceroy hotel brand, whose immense success led to the spin-off of Kor’s hotel management division, Viceroy Hotel Group, in 2008. Today, Kor maintains the same commitment to creative design and distinctive branding to bring enhanced value to its investments and the investments of its third-party clients. http://www.thekorgroup.com

Founded by food industry veterans Mark Walker, Matt Cohen and Gabriel Cole, SF FoodLab supports small business development by renting licensed commercial kitchens to food entrepreneurs in varying sectors. In addition to curating the restaurant space at A Temporary Offering, SF FoodLab offers mobile food entrepreneurs, caterers and food artisans a space to prepare, maintain and store their products. For more information, please visit http://www.sffoodlab.com

The Bon Vivants is a nationally recognized cocktail and spirit consulting company specializing in the creation of tailored on premise beverage programs, branding and guerilla marketing strategies for liquor companies, audience identification, ambassadorship, the concepting and execution of exceptionally curated and unique events, and a soon-to-be released line of aromatic bitters and liqueurs, as well as an umbrella for a growing brick and mortar component which includes the forthcoming Trick Dog and General Beverage Co. One of the principle tenets of The Bon Vivants is to bridge the gap between the beverage industry and the consumer while building community through the act of enjoying a delicious drink. For more information, please visit http://www.bonvivants-sf.com

The Luggage Store, also known as The 509 Cultural Center, is a non-profit artist-run multidisciplinary arts organization, founded in 1987. The Gallery’s mission is to build community by organizing multidisciplinary arts programming accessible to and reflective of the Bay Area’s residents. Their programs are designed to broaden social and aesthetic networks, and to encourage the flow of images and ideas between the diverse cultural communities that cross paths in their exceptionally dynamic downtown San Francisco neighborhood. To implement their mission, they organize exhibitions, performing arts events, arts education and public art programs designed to amplify the voices of the region’s diverse artists and residents, to promote inclusion and respect, to reduce inter-group tensions and to work towards dispelling the stereotypes and fears that continue to separate us. The Trailhead project is supported in part by Intersection for the Arts Trailblazing Fellowship, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, and the San Francisco Arts Commission's ARTery Project. For more information, please visit http://www.luggagestoregallery.org

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