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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Baeurle’s wish list was fairly concise. “I wanted to create a dining experience that would make the customer feel like he or she was in New York City or Philadelphia,” he says. He chose Giroso for her ability to listen and zero in on what people want.
“Designing a restaurant is different than other design because I’m providing for so many people,” Giroso says. “I had to get in the heads of everyone: the 20-something UD student who wants to hang out with her friends over wine, the couple in their 30s who got a babysitter and wants a date night out, the 40-something who appreciates fine wine and fine dining, and even a 50-something business professional who can hold a lunch meeting on the mezzanine.”
Hues of chocolate, orange, muted red and yellow bring the space to life. A map of the world painted on the mezzanine’s outer wall clearly sets the tone.
The guest might not realize it, but even Giroso’s floor plan is inviting. “I am able to direct them with my use of stone. It’s a natural traffic pattern,” she says. “The archway—who doesn’t want to go through an archway? It clearly says, ‘Come in.’”
And people are certainly coming in, and coming back. “The restaurant is surprising to people in the way that I was hoping it would be,” Baeurle says. “The most frequent comment that we get is, ‘I can’t believe we’re in Delaware.’”