As part of the renovation of the Clemens Building in Downtown Des Moines, this tenant improvement project was influenced by the building’s era and the restaurant owner’s southern roots. The client’s goal was to create a unique identity for this fine dining establishment featuring southern food and drinks.
The restaurant owner had in mind a specific, distinctive atmosphere for the new restaurant and bar. To achieve his vision, the design team used two oversized custom chandeliers as focal points for guests and as beacons for pedestrians on the heavily-utilized 10th Street pedestrian walkway. Original hexagon tile and exposed exterior brick walls proudly display the rich historic fabric of this building, which is maintained on the National Register of Historic Places. Chesterfield-style sofas, high wing-back chairs, and custom plaid banquettes created an intimate dining space as unique as the menu.