Right in Manhattan’s West Village, an iconic eatery has recently seen its interiors completely redesigned by New York firm Buro Koray Duman. This new and trendy New York restaurant has been taken over by chef Antoni Porowski, who you might know from Netflix’s “Queer’s Eye”.
The Village Den is the name of this revived spot that reopened in October under the supervision of Porowski and hospitality veterans The Metric, who recently rose to fame as the food and wine expert in Netflix show Queer’s Eye.
This New York restaurant has an excellent location – right at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue and West 12th Street. It used to be a popular local spot before it closed at the beginning of 2018.
The new chef turned the menu from a greasy spoon to healthy fare, so the whole interior renovation was in order to transform the restaurant’s inside fresher and reflect the Polish-influenced cuisine.
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The New York restaurant fast-casual format also required a layout that included a point-of-sale space with a reach-in fridge, a merchandise display, a pick-up area, and a spot for drink supplies.
The concept is for customers to order up front, but also to create an environment in which both neighborhood regulars and tourists feel comfortable.
Consolidating the history of the West Village was also of utmost importance to the team. Besides keeping much of the original framework of the New York restaurant, they also selected artist Jeremyville to paint a playful and colorful mural entitled We, the Village, which depicts well-known aspects of the West Village.
The firm Buro Koray Duman, originally from Turkey, has previously completed the expansion of an artist’s foundation in Upstate New York, designed a glass-clad Islamic cultural center for the city, and proposed ideas for the derelict spaces under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
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