And you thought the food was excellent. But could it be that the beautiful interior design subtly enhances your palate? Energizes your conversation? Makes you tingle a bit? Two stunningly beautiful new restaurants show why dining is more than eating.
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Large storefront windows give passers-by a clear view of the interior, which may be all it takes to lure them. A brick floor in the foyer subtly leads them off the brick sidewalk outside. It’s an easy transition to a vastly different world.
Inside, the ceiling soars so far above that it seems to disappear. Giroso filled the space in several clever ways. One was to design a mezzanine in the rear—a dining area that also defines the dining area below. It adds a surprising element of drama and romance.
Immediately to the right of the entrance, decadently plush couches create a cozy lounge. It’s a perfect place for girlfriends to share a bottle of wine. The couch is placed in front of a towering cabinet Giroso plucked from a farm, then transformed into charming, softly lit shelving—for bottles of wine, of course. Similar cabinets appear on other parts of the periphery.
To the left, behind a small wine shop near the entrance, is a half-walled, semi-secluded dining area designed like a living room. Sprinkled with smart tables, it’s elevated a step to create a subtle feeling of separateness. The curved half wall softens a pathway that leads visitors deeper. “Straight lines are cold and boring,” Giroso says.
Immediately ahead of the front door, the slate-topped bar complements Giroso’s extensive use of green materials throughout the restaurant, starting with the natural stone floor underfoot.
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