An avantgarde restaurateur and 2 Brooklyn chefs of high repute planted the seed of a gluten inspired restaurant in Boulder, CO. Emmer, one of the earliest cultivated types of wheat, has both wild and domestic strains. The paradox of wild and domestic resonated within the personality of the chefs and the cuisine and became the driving concept behind the design of Emmerson.
Converting the former fast-casual restaurant space into an all-day upscale dining experience presented its challenges. Shifting from morning pastry service to chilled oysters and charcuterie in the evening also became an important factor in crafting the design. The redesigned space features dual purpose display cases and a resurfaced bar with marble veined quartz. Soft pink upholstered seating is peppered throughout the space. A 20′ long custom wood community table draws the visitor’s eyes into the space. Floating above this communal table is an array of gold tipped bulbs that provide an elegant illumination. Lastly, two identical portraits of Emmerson’s mascot hang squarely in the space; a powerful female astronaut with a pink neon halo, representing the concept of edgy yet soft, masculine and feminine.