RN74 (Seattle, Washington) RN74’s name references the highway linking Burgundy’s wineries, which were connected by rail prior to the 20th century. With this heritage in mind, the New York-based studio AvroKO set about designing a space that recalls the romance of early locomotive travel. Station-style wine boards, dark vinyl booths, and custom chandeliers fabricated by Goodshop transport visitors from Downtown Seattle to the dining car from Brief Encounter.
JG Domestic (Philadelphia, Pennslyvania) Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s bustling 30th Street Train Station, JG Domestic could have easily felt like an extension of the frenetic commuter hub. Instead, the mood inside is positively bucolic. A “living wall” of vegetation, plaid, striped, and burlap seating, and shelves lined with farmhouse trinkets lend the space tranquility. The lights on top of the shelves are custom by Créme.
Workshop Kitchen + Bar (Palm Springs, California) Instead of the midcentury style so popular in Palm Springs, Workshop Kitchen + Bar opts for a bold mix of industrial and ecclesiastical design. Concrete “side chapels” flank a communal table underneath a 27-foot peaked ceiling. The exposed pendant lights are by .PSLAB.
The Musket Room (New York, New York) Winner of the Restaurant and Bar Design Award for Best Restaurant in the Americas, the Musket Room is an effortlessly charming 70-seat eatery in the heart of downtown Manhattan, complete with midcentury chandeliers, a walnut bar, and backyard garden. Here, teal upholstered banquets line a wall of lime-washed exposed brick.
Saison (San Francisco, California) An open layout creates complete transparency between the kitchen and dining area at Saison, designed by Samantha+Hart Architecture, Michael Gibson of Tenant Design, and Jiun Ho. The restaurant's cozy capacity—18 seats—prevents the space from feeling too exposed, however. For the kitchen, the owners imported a custom Molteni stove from Italy, the only one in San Francisco.
Roost (Greenville, South Carolina) Far from the urban meccas of fine dining, a farm-to-table restaurant scene is flourishing in Greenville, South Carolina. At Roost, this locavore ethos extends to the decor. Atlanta-based firm Johnson Studio chose locally sourced materials, such as limestone. Walls made of slated oak, which are meant to resemble produce crates, visually ratify the eatery’s connection with the land.