David Baker Architects

Bini's Kitchen


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DBA_Workshop built the custom walnut service counter. Image: Mariko Reed

Owner and chef, Binita Pradhan. Image: Mariko Reed

Bini’s Kitchen is the first brick-and-mortar outpost for immigrant entrepreneur Binita Pradhan, owner and chef, and native of Kathmandu, Nepal. Bini's business launched in the shared incubator kitchen at La Cocina, a non-profit organization that empowers entrepreneurs to break into the food and restaurant industry.

This new 1,570-square-foot space represents a major physical upgrade for Bini’s 8-year-old business, which was based out of La Cocina’s incubator kitchen and a tiny downtown kiosk for many years. Bini’s Kitchen is now in a bright and cheerful permanent space with increased capacity in a high-visibility location.

Tile colors inspired by Himalayan spices and a carved walnut service counter reference Nepalese culture and crafts. Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

DBA_Inside worked with a local contractor, artist, fabricator, and suppliers—offering pro bono, at cost, or reduced-fee services—to help Bini realize her goal of an expanded restaurant space and place of community. The restaurant features an open kitchen, counter service, seating, high ceilings, custom display cases, and a standing bar looking out toward the SOMA neighborhood.

Watch them make momos by hand through the window overlooking the kitchen workspace. Image: Mariko Reed

Bini's life story is captured in a custom mural by Jen Bloomer of Radici Studios, after many close conversations. Image: Mariko Reed

Local artist Radici Studios created an “ancestry mural” for the space, speaking deeply with Bini to learn about her life and path to create a personalized mural that highlights scenes and symbols central to Bini’s powerful story.

This mural frames a window at Bini’s desk in the kitchen, where her friendly face greets patrons, arriving employees, deliveries, and other visitors. Several panels are placed to be visible from the street, bringing art to the sidewalk and enticing people to come inside. Social connectedness and relationships are central to Bini’s values in her business, and this moment in the design is a celebration and facilitation of this.

Bini Pradhan is a graduate of the La Cocina Kitchen Incubator program. La Cocina is a nonprofit working to solve problems of equity in business ownership for women, immigrants and people of color.

Radici Studios designed and painted the ancestry mural. 

 

 

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This is the first brick-and-mortar full restaurant space for Bini's Kitchen, in the corner of Bill Sorro Community affordable housing. Image: Mariko Reed

The bright, cheerful space has soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Image: Mariko Reed

Tile colors inspired by Himalayan spices and a carved walnut service counter reference Nepalese culture and crafts. Image: Mariko Reed

Watch them make momos by hand through the window overlooking the kitchen workspace. Image: Mariko Reed

DBA_Workshop built the custom walnut service counter. Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

Image: Mariko Reed

The office window is framed by an ancestry mural that tells the story of Bini's journey. Image: Mariko Reed

Bini's life story is captured in a custom mural by Jen Bloomer of Radici Studios, after many close conversations. Image: Mariko Reed

Owner and chef, Binita Pradhan. Image: Mariko Reed

This is the first brick-and-mortar full restaurant space for Bini's Kitchen, in the corner of Bill Sorro Community affordable housing. Image: Mariko Reed

Three panels of the mural extend out for viewing from the sidewalk. Image: David Baker Architects

Jen Bloomer of Radici Studios at work on the mural. Image: David Baker Architects

Image: David Baker Architects

DBA_Inside sketch of the service counter and display shelves. Image: David Baker Architects

project details

Category

All Projects, DBA_Inside, DBA_Workshop, Restaurants, Retail, San Francisco

​Location

San Francisco, California

Interiors Architect

DBA_Inside

Fabrication

DBA_Workshop

Contractor

Cookline

Mural Artist

Radici Studios

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