As the first installation of the Proxy development in Hayes Valley draws near, the principal of Envelope A+D ― Proxy's designer ― tells SFoodie that the development will include a space for guest chefs to mount a constantly changing series of pop-up eateries.
Envelope principal Douglas Burnham says the Oakland firm plans to directly fund and operate Proxy's pop-up kitchen. “We would essentially invite or curate a series of different chefs ― visiting chefs ― and use one container for it.” By “container,” Burnham's referring to the modified shipping containers (the kind stacked up on ships at the Port of Oakland) that'll make up the Proxy structures, stretching along Octavia between Fell and Hayes in two lots. “It could be for a week, a month, or even just a night or two,” Burnham says about the guest chefs. Pop-ups could feature chefs visiting from other cities, Burnham says, “or young, up-and-coming chefs now working in other people's kitchens.” Envelope has also been in conversation with La Cocina about featuring its client businesses in steady rotation.