Jennifer Coco, a multi-year nominated James Beard chef, quickly leapt at the opportunity to open a restaurant where she could offer her upscale menu in a less formal environment. AO was engaged to help her fulfill this dream.
Among other requirements for the space, the owner wanted the design to be sensitive to the historic building which it was located within. A delicate balance between highlighting the old with bold new accents ensued. Floor to ceiling windows were punched into the existing façade of the building to provide views to the dining room from the street. Furthering the idea of making her offerings more accessible, a long bar run parallel to the space where diners can feel free to pull up a bar stool and eat. The dining room is adorned with large acoustic panels that are printed with vintage photographs. The primary image depicts the building as it appeared in the 1920s, while the other is a photo of the chef’s grandparent’s grocery in South Omaha.
A party room doubles as a demonstration kitchen with large sliding doors opening to the kitchen for interactive parties. The kitchen has two windows to allow natural light, with one serving as an herb garden. The exterior patio has outdoor dining and an herb garden. AO also worked with the chef’s food service and furniture designer throughout the process.