2.22.2010

out to lunch...

Sometimes you could probably hang an "out to lunch" sign around my neck, but Friday I hung it on my front door.  My parents were down in the city for a few days and lucky for me, they arrived right around lunch time.  Let's go!

I'm a girl who loves interior design.  I love fabrics, lamps, chairs - all of it.  I appreciate good design in every arena.  You know you're in for a treat inside, and I mean a TREAT when this is on the outside of the restaurant.


Let's hurry inside shall we?  I am a bit of new convert to the fan club of the color orange.  It happened a few years ago when we decided to go more "modern" with our remodel - big fan now, big.  This orange glass planter box, full or orchids was the first thing I saw when I walked in.  Who doesn't love orchids?


My eyes were drinking the sweet design nectar and then I looked up and saw this!


Seriously, that's ONE of the chandeliers.  Something simple for the entryway darling. 
"Lunch for one?" she asked.
I wiped the drool from my mouth and explained I was meeting someone.
"Would you like to look for them?" she continued, politely handing me a tissue.
Are you kidding me?  I will be looking in every nook and cranny of this place lady!
"Uh, yes.  Thanks." was all I could mutter as I turned my head to look inside first.  Look what I saw. 


The tables and chairs were great but I couldn't keep my eyes off that ceiling.  More chandeliers.  These were holding on to an equally fanfreakintabulous ceiling.  That's not wallpaper, it's actual dropped fretwork.  That's all I have to say about that. 
"Do you see them in there?" said the now interrupting voice.
"Uh, no.  Thanks."  more drool.
"They might be outside on the patio" she said.
"Outside?  Patio?....uhhhhhh okay."  I couldn't wait. 

Follow me outside.  Walk past the bar, which I can only tell you was equally juicy with well appointed details, but there was an odd couple sitting at the bar and I didn't want to stop and take photos, let's just leave it at that.  Walk through the blue trimmed glass doors and past these perfectly painted iron chairs. 


We won't be sitting in those.  Nor will we be sitting in those white fretwork chairs nestled up to the two-sided fireplace.  The fireplace wasn't lit because it was a glorious 75 degrees outside people.  More gloriousness!  Imagine how cozy it would be in the evening though.  Romance lives!  Wait, is someone calling my name?


Bittersweet.  I found my parents waiting for me in a booth.  Bitter, because I had to stop wandering, sweet because my parents are the best companions and LUNCH was about to begin.  We will be sitting in this cushioned booth.  Here, scooch in next to me.  I'll take the green pillow and you can have the blue. 


"Would you like something to drink" or some other polite mumbo-jumbo was uttered.  I wasn't listening because she was setting these glutenated rolls down.  Willpower is my middle name.  I must keep repeating........"these will make me feel very sick, these will make me feel very sick".


I'll be back with more of this tour tomorrow, because there was an actual meal to be had at this palace of dandy design and delishisness.  Oh yes, there was lunch and maybe a dessert.  Did I mention the bathrooms.............

7 comments:

laura said...

Wow! What a beautiful restaurant!!

sunshine said...

Fabulous! I want to have lunch there! I wouldn't mind how long I waited to be served....so many wonderful features to enjoy and 75 degrees!! Hmmm, think I need to do a bit of decorating or something around my place!
What kind of bread is that? Can't wait to hear about the meal!

Maria said...

Thanks for inviting us along on your outing - truly enjoying your tour guide abilities...can't wait for the rest of our adventure!

Andrew H. said...

More food! More food! :-)

Beatnheart said...

what beautiful,imaginative photographs...I could hang with you...I too look at stuff no one else even notices..sweet

Jeanette said...

Thank You Beatnheart! I like when people show me things I hadn't seen before, I'm glad you enjoyed the images.

Maia said...

I LOVE that fretwork ceiling....aaaaaand pretty much everything about that restaurant. Meg and I wandered by it when she was in town and if we hadn't literally just eaten, we would have definitely gone in. I need to visit it soon. Oh, and the perspective/ angles in your photos are very interesting. You're always switching it up...keeps me (one who isn't exactly known for reading) quite entertained.