Restaurant Development & Design

September-October 2017

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2 6 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 DESIGN MARKET OTL The team behind New York City's The Smile has joined forces with David Grutman and developer Craig Robins to open OTL in the Miami Design District. The two-story space offers a commu- nity-driven, all-day hangout with coffee, drinks, sandwiches, salads and pastries downstairs and an open space for pop-ups and wellness classes upstairs. The 7,000-square-foot space is set in a busy neighborhood that is home to more than 60 flagship stores, design showrooms, restau- rants and galleries. Design firm Deft Union sought to create a luxurious yet ap- proachable feel with earth tones, plush seating and hints of marble. OTL's de- sign also gives subtle nods to Miami's Cuban-influenced culture. "The idea of being out to lunch not literally, but in a metaphysical way, drove a lot of the design intent," says Michael Dola- towski, a principal at Deft. "We wanted to create a space that would invite people to daydream." OTL features a mix of modern and industrial elements, includ- ing an open ceiling, woven basket-like lighting fixtures, light wood banquettes, classic Eames chairs, white marble and powder-coated pink and blue steel accents, and polished concrete floors. A small window cut into the wall behind the serving counter allows guests to see into the kitchen. As a nod to its location in the Design District, OTL features pieces by artists like Nate Lowman. Photos coutesy of OTL BY AMELIA LEVIN, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR MIAMI Kuro at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Designed by David Mexico Design Group, the 240-seat Kuro features a theater-style open concept that encourages social interaction with a high-energy vibe. Guests enter Kuro from the hotel lobby, gliding by a long front wall adorned with 100,000 hand-placed seashells. Other land and sea elements are found throughout the space, from rows of driftwood on the walls to a ceiling that mimics waves to the river rock and beach glass encapsulating the base of the central bar. Floor-to-ceiling bay windows line the perimeter of the 9,500-square-foot restaurant, bringing the outside in. Inside, the airy dining room offers a variety of seating options, from the cypress communal table and boardwalk oak tables to long banquettes and rounded booths overlooking the pool. The sushi bar offers an unbroken sightline into the kitchen. Two private dining rooms feature an elevated chef's table along with a glass- enclosed wine cellar. On Kuro's poolside terrace, guests can dine at tables positioned atop a glass floor with water flowing underneath. Chandeliers throughout the space were constructed with nearly three miles of chain crafted to resemble floating jellyfish. Photos courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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