San Antonio, Texas

Tucked away in the old brewery department, Larder is a hidden gem at Pearl. The 2,000  square foot retail locale features freshly prepared food and artisanal products from local and global vendors. New architectural elements work harmoniously with historic building features in this carefully curated gourmet market.

The patina of the old brick and structural tile walls is retained around the perimeter of the room, and the layers of chipped paint on the concrete columns were stabilized and sealed to preserve the look back through time. A steel gate reclaimed from the old brewery is repurposed as a security gate at the interior entrance. These historic conditions are set off by the sheen of new, but traditionally inspired, features.

New refrigerated coolers in the retail space are wrapped in wood casework with brass screen ventilation, maintaining a consistent material palette with display shelving, railings, lights, and counters. The new mezzanine that provides employee access to the back stock-cum-display is supported on cantilevered steel beams and also cleverly hides electrical conduit and fire sprinkler pipe in plain sight.

Hotel guests are not the only ones to take advantage of Larder’s treasures; for those in the know, it is a foodie-approved local favorite for coffee, hot or cold sandwiches, local beers, and other culinary delights.