C Magazine, April 2017
6 Designers Shaping California’s Restaurant Scene

“We all want interesting, beautiful, engaging experiences,” says Ken Fulk. And yet, leave it to the event-planning and interior-design whiz to also give people what they didn’t know they wanted. His collaboration with Anna Weinberg of Big Night Restaurant Group, Leo’s Oyster Bar, instantly became a hot spot in San Francisco’s Financial District when it opened in January 2016, garnering accolades from all corners. With an Instagram-ready wall of bold tropical floral wallpaper, a bar enveloped in onyx, brass and rich wood paneling, and other sumptuous dining-room details—plus the adjoining Tiki Lounge and The Hideaway lounge spaces—Leo’s offers “an intoxicating mix,” says Fulk. It’s the work of an optimistic storyteller who might love the drama of the past, but continues to look ahead. “We are forward thinking. I never think the best times were behind us.” Cheers to that.

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