Project Description

GrizForm Design Architects was in for a challenge when their client chose a cursed space for their new restaurant. The location had housed five different restaurant concepts in the past ten years with the space sitting vacant the last two of those years. The problems of the space was clear. It was constructed with three slightly different floor levels and each previous restaurant had accentuated this by closing off each level from the others. Thus, the previous designs were a series of individual boxes which shut down views, caused service problems, and generally made the space unpleasant to be in. The solution was quite simple. We placed the bar on the highest level and set it up as a see and be seen platform. The lowest portion was built up to create a single level dining room.

Golden onyx mosaic floors, spiral glass chandeliers and glossy rosewood walls and ceilings, evoke the grandeur of an Italian villa. While the bars distressed copper panels, live-edge wood drink rails, stone walls with arched views to the kitchen, and leafy glass columns speak of the Italian landscape. Together these elements create a dining experience which ties to the menus comfortable opulence.


Scope of Work

Full Remodel
Interior Architecture / Interior Design
Lighting Design
Custom Finishes
Custom Furniture
FFE Purchasing
Construction Administration


Square Footage

601 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC  20004