Location
  • Calgary, AB
Client
  • Oliver & Bonacini
Completion
2018
Size
  • 465 sq m
  • 5,000 sq ft
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
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Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality wanted its new Chinook Centre restaurant to bring something entirely different to the Calgary fine dining scene – a fun, yet upscale, venue that would offer a variety of private dining experiences. This Italian restaurant's nostalgic palette bridges cozy with a down-to-earth decadence at the Saks Fifth Avenue within Calgary’s Chinook Centre. Here, lively blues wrap the 158-seat space, where eyes catch brass highlights that are filled with rustic Italian fair. The rich and varied material palette, coupled with a flexible floor plan, sets the stage for a mixture of private dining exclusivity and a fun speakeasy vibe for all guests. As you walk through the front door, patrons are immediately welcomed by the hostess at the bar.
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It All Started With A Sketch

Early design concepts showcased a prominent central bar to invite patrons in.
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It All Started With A Sketch01

Rich, warm blue tones were imagined throughout the space, invoking the nostalgia of a speakeasy.
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It All Started With A Sketch02

Soft lighting, generous textured leather seating, and velvet drapes lend a cozy and comforting vibe.