717B bringing a fine dining restaurant to downtown San Francisco's private club, The Battery - Inside Scoop SF

717B, in rendered form. Image: Ken Fulk

A chef who has spent the better half of the last decade working for Alain Ducasse will be opening a new restaurant in downtown San Francisco.

You may have heard of The Battery , a sprawling Financial District private club designed by Ken Fulk due this summer; The Chronicle's Andrew S. Ross penned a big piece on the ambitious, multi-million dollar project a few weeks back.

Now come word of the restaurants within the club. There will be a more casual "gastropub" food component in the club, but there will also be a fully fledged restaurant named 717B , helmed by executive chef Jason Arbusto . p>

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Shrub has spent significant time cooking in France and Monaco. He worked for Alain Ducasse in Paris, and spent three years as chef de partie at Ducasse's Le Louis XV in Monaco. He then worked as chef de cuisine at Michelin 2-star and Relais & Châteaux property Le Jardin des Sens (Montpellier) before meeting with Ducasse in 2007 as the executive chef at the French superchef's Las Vegas outpost, Mix.

At the 90-seat 717B, he'll offer both the carte and tasting menus, although exact details like price are still to be determined. Though the entire club is a tony establishment, Jason Reilplinger, who is 717B's Food and Beverage Director, says the goal at the restaurant is to provide more modern take on fine dining, both in terms of food and service styles.

"The restaurant is going to have an upscale casual approach," Reilplinger says. "The thinking and philosophy is everything you need and nothing you do not."

The Battery is scheduled to open in July, but 717B is not until September. When it does open, only members, members' guests, and guests of the hotel are allowed inside.