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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sohberts, a New Cafe in SOMA, Blends Art and Industrial Design

Posted By on Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM

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Coffee might be the least impressive thing about Sohberts, a new café in lobbing distance of AT&T Park. Open exactly one week, the soaring coffee place is part gallery, part hang-out hub. Mostly, though, it's a place that seems designed for just sitting back and admiring the space itself. Owner Bertram Harris owns Spritzers (734 Central at Garden Way) in Alameda (Sohberts takes its name from Harris's kids, Sophie and Bert).
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He's also a general contractor with a thing for industrial design and reclaimed materials. The former warehouse space for Tsar Nicoulai Caviar features an enormous door that swings open to connect to a few outdoor tables via a shallow loading dock. There's recycled stone from a house in Marin, and redwood boards Harris salvaged form a demolition in Oakland. "I'm a scavenger," he told SFoodie. The coffee? Espresso drinks from Equator beans. Harris picks up the pastries every morning from Frog Hollow in the Ferry Building (he takes the ferry in from Alameda, and bikes to the café). The current gallery show (from East Bay artist Dickson Schneider) depicts distorted supermodels.

Sohberts Coffee 144 King (at Second St.). Open daily, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

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