Restaurant Designer Pat Kuleto’s Home, Where the Hearth Is

“Snaking up the steep, curvy two-mile road to Pat Kuleto’s hilltop estate overlooking the Napa Valley provides a glimpse of the untamed landscape the restaurant designer faced when he bought the property. The climb might have daunted other builders, but not Mr. Kuleto.

“”I have one gift,”” he said. “”It’s visualizing things before they are there.””

Mr. Kuleto has designed nearly 200 restaurants since the late 1960s—””before there were restaurant designers,”” he said. Among his best-known designs, both in San Francisco, are Farallon, an underwater-theme restaurant that he co-owns, and Fog City Diner, which first brought him national fame in the 1980s for its high-concept chrome theme.”


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