Chef Chat Part 3 Philippe Schmit of Philippe Restaurant + Lounge
This week, as we spoke with Philippe Schmit of Philippe Restaurant + Lounge, opening January 25, the one word that kept appearing was "design." Aside from designing the menus, Schmit poured a lot of energy and thought into constructing the layout of the building with designer Lauren Rottet.
Wooden wine cases serve as decor in the upstairs bar.
The restaurant is divided into two main parts -- the casual cocktail lounge downstairs and the primary restaurant seating area upstairs. The focal point of the lounge is the U-shaped bar, which is adorned with a massive mirror that stretches to the second floor, linking the two stories. Schmit and Rottet also have created a separate room for the chef's table.
Guests seated in the booths downstairs will be able to watch black-and-white films projected on the wall, as well as live-feed video streaming from cameras in the kitchen. Upstairs guests will be able see the action through the glass windows that frame the walls of the Texas-size kitchen.
As for the décor, it's a blend between modern clean lines and American western animal prints - perfect for the man who calls himself the French Cowboy.