When the guys behind the forthcoming Nellcôte—Chris Dexter, Chris Freeman and Jared Van Camp—said their new restaurant would gain inspiration from the 16-room villa in the South of France where the Rolling Stones camped out to record Exile on Main Street, they weren't kidding. The team plans to swath the space in rich decadence, and that ranges from custom chairs and antique mirrors to wrought iron and, of course, the food. And it won't be cheap: The price tag for the buildout comes to $3.5 million.
They've sourced 18-foot-high Art Nouveau wrought iron gates from Nice that will greet guests at the restaurant's entrance. From there guests will be hit with rich colors through handcrafted Hermes orange Tolix bar chairs and a 12-foot-wide, eight-step white Italian marble staircase and lavender "flower" wall through the entry.
To further pay homage to the Stones, they're sourcing Fender and Gibson glass tube amps from equipment built between 1969 and 1972 to create an art installation. Guests will walk across a floor made of tesserae mosaic tile, Parisian bleached wood herringbone and and parquet wood. And while the decor points to "fancy," don't expect the space to be stuffy; dining tables will eschew white tablecloths and instead expose the natural walnut butcher block. Neo-classical molding will pop with canary yellow trim.
While it would've been great to debut this grand 11,000 square-foot space in time for Lollapalooza, you'll have to wait until at least November to see it when it's scheduled to open.
· Jared Van Camp to Create Nellcôte Kitchen Cocktail Program [~EChi~]
· Lollapalooza is Here: What Will You Eat and Where? [~EChi~]
[The restaurant will have plush chairs, ornate lamps and rich colors]