Restaurant Recommendations? We’ve Got 6 Gorgeous Ideas

Feast your eyes on the newest, most delectable eateries by some of our favorite designers across the country. 

February 21, 2019

Hank’s, Austin

By Claire Zinnecker

Clean and bright was the order of the day at Hank’s, designed by local resident Zinnecker. Light woods, natural textures and an abundance of plants give the former grocery store a subtle Western feel with a modern edge.

Gracias Madre, L.A.

By Wendy Haworth

Antique mirror, graphic tiles from Oaxaca, hits of rattan and multi-colored artisanal textiles make for a warm, convivial atmosphere at this Mexican joint in West Hollywood.

Proxi, Chicago

By Meyer Davis

The architects embraced the building’s roots as a printing warehouse when updating it into this midcentury American brasserie. Barrel-vaulted ceilings, blackened steel accents, and blue cement tiles are warmed by leather upholstery throughout.

Commonplace Books, Oklahoma City

By Sara Kate Little

This storefront eatery is meant to feel like the living room in a home. With a seafoam green floor, minimalist millwork, Kilim rugs and an eclectic gallery wall, it does just that.

Sartre, Cincinnati

By Lauren Geremia

Geremia maintained the industrial patina (and the original carved wood bar!) of this former bottling plant, warming up the sprawling space with deep olive tones, wood wainscot, Venetian plaster, and rubbed brass.

M House, Coral Gables

By Sanchez+Coleman

On the menu at this swanky Coral Gables restaurant: a stunning graphic floor, sleek marble bar, and Japanese-inspired lighting, all centered around a grand olive tree. 


Photographer Charlie Clarke’s framed prints of matchbooks from iconic restaurants and bars are a charming way to remember your favorite spots.

And, they make a great gift.