In the Marina District of San Francisco, the newly renovated 682 square foot Indie Superette market is located on 3060 Fillmore Street. This health-oriented market and café was designed by the award-winning architecture and design firm MBH Architects and is based on its counterpart in Honolulu, Hawaii, yet shows the unique sense of playfulness and energy of its own area. Indie Superette is part of the redevelopment of the Real Foods market at 3060 Fillmore, which closed in 2016. In addition to Indie Superette, MBH Architects supported the exterior repair of the local landmark.

Indie Superette was developed by restaurateur Michael Mina and offers wellness specialties, a coffee counter and take-away options such as acai bowls, smoothies, kombucha and salads. As MBH Architects neared the refresh, they took inspiration from Indie Superette’s first Honolulu market for a vibrant tropical theme. By blending the two designs, the design team was able to create a tropical Californian aesthetic throughout the space, using a teal and pastel pink color scheme with natural woods and lots of green.

Upon entering the Indie Superette, guests are greeted on the covered outdoor terrace of the market, which rises from street level and has fresh fruit stands and small tables for customers. The market with an open concept becomes fully visible through the entrance. On the left side, guests will find refrigerators and metal dry storage shelves with health-conscious foods. Further in the room, the LAMILLl coffee counter offers an elegant, white Meganite worktop and natural, light wooden surfaces. Digital display menus line the back and sides of the counter’s custom white and teal geometric tile wall. The service counter has a fold-down reveal, which is equipped with lush planters, while handcrafted pendant lights made of pressed birch wood provide soft lighting. Hidden recessed lights also help brighten up the counter and the rest of the market. The restaurant’s juice and acai bowl, located next to the LAMILL coffee counter, shares the fresh and inviting palette of colors found throughout the space.

MBH Architects worked diligently to maximize the market’s low presence, making sure that the locals had access to a full-service grocery store, coffee counter, smoothie, juice, and acai bar. While the design team made sure that each zone of the market had its own space, they were also asked to incorporate the equipment needed to make hot meals. As a result, a full back-of-house space is included in the design of the store. Through open and consistent communication with its customers, MBH Architects was able to create a refreshing space for Indie Superette and deliver healthy food and groceries to the constantly growing Marina District.

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