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Best Use of an Old Space 

Southern Pacific Brewing

A tree grows in the middle of this Mission machine shop-turned-brewery, but it's not because the place is in ruins. The bar and brewpub, named for the railroad line that once terminated nearby, is the beneficiary of a gorgeous 2012 remodel that includes live saplings growing out of the floor. Proprietor Chris Lawrence turned to architecture firm Boor Bridges — also responsible for Four Barrel and Sightglass — to give the space a modern makeover while still maintaining its warehouse roots. Now the soaring space is a graceful mix of salvaged wood (Douglas fir, mostly, though the back bar is comprised of a former Mendocino barn) and industrial touches like metal siding and chainlink fences separating the brewery from the restaurant. The place has a ton of natural light from overhead skylights, and there are few pleasanter places to sit and have a burger and lunch beer.

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