Presidio of San Francisco (January 15, 2014 ) – The Presidio Trust today
announced that it will name its much-anticipated new restaurant “The
Commissary.” The restaurant is a partnership between the Trust and local chef
and restaurateur Tracy Des Jardins. The Trust and Des Jardins decided on the
name “Commissary” as a nod to the Presidio’s rich
“Commissary is a perfect name for the Trust’s
first full service restaurant," said Craig Middleton Presidio Trust executive
director. “As we welcome new visitors to the Presidio, the name honors its
Des Jardins described the palate of the
restaurant’s menu as; “Californian with Spanish inspiration. Influenced by the
bay, its seafood and the farmers and ranchers of nearby Marin/Sonoma counties;
that natural bounty will serve as the backdrop for the cuisine of the
The Commissary will be housed on the first
floor of a former barracks at 101 Montgomery Street. Built in 1895 and known
colloquially as “infantry row,” the Montgomery Street Barracks are among the Presidio’s signature structures.
They line the historic Main Parade Ground and once housed hundreds of soldiers
en route to conflicts from the Spanish-American War and the conquest of the
Philippines to Vietnam. A company of 109 soldiers lived in each half of
the duplex buildings. Fittingly, the Commissary will be located in the former
barracks mess hall.
“The restaurant design is simple, American
feeling, paired down using the original details and layout of the building,”
said Des Jardins. “The first room will have a private dining room to the right
when you walk in, retail wine and grab and go along the wall.”
The table tops and other interior elements
will be made of Douglas fir salvaged from a historic building in the Presidio
that was demolished to make way for the new Presidio Parkway. A bar will serve
coffee and food to go during the day, and act as a full bar in the evening. The
restaurant will include an open kitchen and several large high top tables.
The Commissary will complement the Inn at the
Presidio, a popular, award winning hotel opened by the Presidio Trust in 2012.
Additional restaurants and visitor amenities are expected in the coming year.
The Presidio’s former commissary was closed
when the Army departed the Presidio in 1998. The building that housed the
commissary is now being considered as the site for a cultural institution.
About the Presidio Trust
The Presidio Trust is a distinctive federal
agency created to save the Presidio of San Francisco, a historic Army base, and
transform it for a new national purpose. Since 1998, the Trust has worked to
catalyze ideas, partners, and resources from all sectors to save the Presidio
as a public place. In 2013, we reached a key milestone established by Congress
and now care for the Presidio without annual taxpayer support. The Trust is
guided by a clear vision for the future: To ensure that the Presidio will
forever be a public place—vital to life in the Bay Area, valued by all
Americans, and celebrated as an international destination. The Presidio Trust
actively shares its knowledge, promotes leadership and service, and fosters
innovative problem solving. For more information on the Presidio please visit: www.presidio.gov