Michael Guthrie’s dramatic glass-fronted display kitchen helps the showy new Midi in San Francisco straddle the line between a high-energy casual concept and a more refined fine-dining restaurant.“The trend is toward casual dining, but in places like New York and L.A. and San Francisco and Chicago, there is a desire for a somewhat upscale version of that,” said Guthrie, of the San Francisco-based architectural firm Michael Guthrie & Company. The firm has credits for restaurants such as Bix, ...

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