The original restaurant was designed by Portland architect Kristin Ford with the direction to make it an inviting space that would be a contemporary take on the French bistro tradition: lively, timeless and fun. The restaurant has rich wood floors, warm colors and a tumbled marble dining counter around the exhibition kitchen.
The bar, which expanded to an enthusiastic audience in 2011, is an homage to the bars of Paris with its metal topped bar, Provencal cement tile floor, mirrors and antique posters. Designed by John Hurst and Brett Schiewe, Le Bar features a stunning red facade by Eugene cabinetmaker Caleb Bruce, cozy mohair booths, a climate-controlled wine room and an evolving display of ephemera and artwork on the mirror wall.
Some of the artisans who participated in the assemblage are: Cabinetry, tabletops and wood facade by Alexander-Walker Fine Woodworking in Eugene, Advance Cabinets and Caleb Bruce. Custom metalwork (door hardware, wine storage racks, menu boxes, wall sconces, bar foot rails and purse hooks, banquette and booth legs and exterior signage) by 47 Productions Studio in Seattle. More wonderful metalwork, including exterior menu boxes and coat racks handcrafted by Michael Hallsenius of Kurbits. On the walls, you’ll find photographs by Jessica MacMurray Blaine and “cabinets des curiosites” by John Hurst and Brett Schiewe.
Nineteenth century French prints of anthropomorphic vegetables and Art Deco wine advertisements collected by Stephanie in Paris.