Foundry & Lux is centrally located in the Cove at Oyster Point office park in South San Francisco. The goal of the space is to provide the small biotech firms that are the complex’s target tenant base with attractive employee dining and recreational amenities the firms could not afford on their own. The photo shows the entryway to Foundry & Lux.
The complex has three separate dining spaces, the main one being a multiconcept market hall with sandwich, grill, salad and exhibition stations that is open during the lunch period—11 a.m. to 3 p.m.—though hours may expand as more of the Cove offices are occupied. Currently, the onsite population is only about 100 to 150, but the eatery generates several hundred lunch transactions daily, thanks to a lot of off-site walk-ins—about two-thirds of the traffic currently—from nearby businesses that have discovered it as a destination dining spot. That added volume also helps keep costs down for tenants.
The prepared salad station offers signature creations made with locally sourced ingredients such as this caprese. Customers also have the option to customize.
This locally sourced beef slider with espresso-balsamic barbecue sauce is an example of the fare coming from the sandwich station, which features meats from its rotisserie. A planned herb/vegetable garden is expected to begin producing some ingredients next year for menu specials at the exhibition station as well as providing another attractive space for staffers to stroll through on the grounds.
The hand-rolled sushi platter from the market hall’s exhibition station illustrates the care taken with presentation. The station also offers rotating options like a build-your-own pho bar, tossed to order pasta and South Indian-style thali.
In addition to the market hall, Foundry & Lux has a cafe that opens in the morning and stays open later in the day offering not just coffee drinks but grab-and-go foods. It serves not just coffees but fresh-squeezed juice, soft serve yogurt, and grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and wraps.
Among the distinctive touches of the Foundry & Lux is this living wall located between the market hall main dining area and the café, which boasts a dramatic array of deep jungle plants that can survive in low light.
A bar/lounge offering craft beer and local wines serves as an excellent after-work relaxation spot with its big-screen TVs and multiple seating options, including an outdoor patio.
The bar/lounge also has a wood-fired pizza oven to prepare specialty pies that complement the drinks. It presents an onsite food option after the main dining area closes, staying open until 9 p.m. on weekdays.
The lounge menu also includes appetizer platters and other shareable dishes to facilitate socializing.
The bar/lounge includes recreational space with a pool table…
…and even a bocce court off its outdoor patio area.
The outdoor patio off the lounge seats 70-plus in addition to the lounge’s 75 seats indoors. Elsewhere, the café seats 65 and the main dining market 175.
Bon Appetit’s dining operations at Foundry & Lux are overseen by Executive Chef Jean-Claude Balek, a veteran of the Bay Area culinary scene, whose previous stops include the La Taberna tapas bar in Napa and Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc in Yountville.