Restaurant Development & Design

January-February 2017

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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 • 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 • 5 7 PROJECT PROFILE F inding restaurants with large, comfortable alfresco dining spac- es in New York City is no small task. So when word leaked that La Bottega, an Italian restaurant fronted by an expansive outdoor plaza at the Maritime Hotel, would be closing, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group (B&BHG) jumped at the opportunity. Helmed by culinary celebrities Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, B&BHG signed the lease and spent more than a year converting La Bottega into a chic, contemporary home for their new Mediterranean concept. Opened last February, La Sirena is the first new restaurant by B&BHG in 10 years, and their first in a hotel. Located in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, the operation is large — nearly 15,000 square feet in all. It spans two main dining rooms that seat 80 to 100 each at the plaza level and two private dining rooms up- stairs seat 300. A large bar area has table seating for 40 to 60, and the bar proper seats 30. Weather permitting, the outdoor patio located on the plaza accommodates an additional 150 diners. The project was technically and programmatically complex. The spaces are somewhat disjointed and chock-full of challenges inherent with build-outs where existing businesses are operating — in this case, the hotel as well as the busy TAO Downtown restaurant and nightclub on the property's two lower levels. Diana Revkin, managing director at TPG Architecture, BY DANA TANYERI, Senior Contributing Editor Cool, chic and modern in tones of gray and white, the restaurant's design creates a neutral backdrop against which its vibrant Mediterranean food presentations stand out. Photo by Alec Zaballero The 38-foot-long white quartz bar connects the two dining rooms. The bar area was created by enclosing what was formerly part of the outdoor plaza. Photo by Kate Previte Project Team Owners: Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group – Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich Managing partner: Jeffrey Katz Executive chef: Josh Laurano General manager: Luca Vesnaver Design: Lisa Eaton, B&BHG Creative Director Architect: TPG Architecture General contractor: Shawmut Design and Construction Lighting design: Lighting Workshop MEP engineer: AMA Consulting Engineers

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