The owner’s concept for Bird Dog came from the idea of a dog being the ultimate loyal companion. They wanted the restaurant to reflect this idea as a new, upscale take on the reliable “neighborhood hang-out.” The design evolved from that concept, using honest, durable materials that would stand the test of time.
BIRD DOG RESTAURANT
The space incorporates natural and ebonized oak, honed marble, cork flooring, leather, waxed brass and steel—materials with an inherent quality that reflect the high quality of the product that is being served.
It was the designers’ intention to create an open floor plan that simultaneously allowed patrons to have varied experiences—there is an open bar, main dining room, and raised private dining area—each having its’ own unique ambiance while remaining cohesive with the rest of the space. At the exterior entry, the cedar planking extends to the interior, connecting it with the subdued streetscape outside.
The back of house is rendered as a wooden pavilion within the space and the kitchen is carved from the mass like a proscenium, again, serving to highlight the food, as well as those preparing it.
The designers also played off of the reductionist spirit of the space—exposing the original concrete walls, and using the textures of the cork and wood to add a softness to the modernist design, which echoed the Japanese influence of the plating.
The custom painted wood bird decoys that are seen “flying” throughout the space are also a contemporary twist on the restaurant’s name.