Long ago, we designed "Mark's", a popular West Hollywood restaurant. When the owners opened the Vermont Restaurant, in Silver Lake they asked us to turn an alcove of Rockwell Bar's upstairs patio into a turn-of-the-last-century watering hole. Inspired by apothecaries and pubs of the 1800s, we imagined a space where cantankerous men claimed their bar stools and smoked their cigars while debating politics and bemoaning man's lost true nature.
We kept the palette dark and moody with black and root beer colored tile, black-lacquered cabinetry and a raised panel bar and tankard shelf. A simple patterned ceramic floor grounds the space and focused lighting adds authority. The walls are weathered and stenciled with the wisdom of the great American writers, Emerson and Thoreau, inviting you to pull up a stool, order another round and join the conversation.