Part of Thomas Keller
the building at 6476 washington street was originally intended to be a very different type of restaurant. while we were designing it we thought we'd experiment by opening a temporary restaurant and calling it ad hoc, which literally means, "for this purpose." the idea for ad hoc was simple - 5 days a week we'd offer a 4 course family style menu that changed each day, accompanied by a small, accessible wine list in a casual setting reminiscent of home. we wanted a place to dine for our community and ourselves. the decision to change over the restaurant, however, was taken out of our hands by our guests. the response was so positive, we simply couldn't close. so, in january 2007, we decided to stay open permanently and now we're serving dinner 5 nights a week as well as sunday brunch.