San Francisco's RN74
, transplanted to the renovated Joshua Green building at Fourth and Pike, is named for a highway in Burgundy. The menu is
high-end Franco-New American
modern French bistro (as changed in summer 2013), with local/etc. ingredients; the loud, hyper-stylish interior features one of those train-station signs with the flip-over letters, here listing bottles of wine.
Restaurant empire-builder Michael Mina didn't mess around with the staffing: Fifteen-year Mina veteran Michelle Retallack heads up the kitchen, with help from Larkin Young (Tilth), and the sommelier is Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen (Cafe Juanita).
As of summer 2013, after more than one chef change-up, Mina Group corporate chef David Varley had been brought in. Fun facts: Mina was born in Cairo, but he grew up just east of the mountains in Ellensburg, and at one point he worked at the terrible restaurant at the Space Needle