Paladar 511

511 Marigny St.
New Orleans, Louisiana

2015
Interior build-out of a restaurant in an existing historic warehouse
Jack Murphy + Susan Dunn + Ed Dunn, client
2,740 sf
$428,000 / $156 per sf
Collaborators:

Wayne Troyer
Tracie Ashe
Megan Bell
Jack Murphy
Susan Dunn

Ed Dunn

Photography:

George Long

Neil Alexander

Project Type: Commercial, Interiors

Originally built in 1895 as a hosiery factory and prior to its most recent renovation, the 511 Marigny warehouse previously housed storage,  artist collective The Ark, a bicycle repair shop, and a bookshop. The design team wanted to keep the dynamic spirit of the collective alive in the build-out, including in the first-floor corner space that is now home to Paladar 511. The design of this restaurant was a labor of love for the owners, with whom we worked closely on design and execution; Jack, Susan, and Ed installed much of the interior finishes and casework themselves, including wood plank ceilings, lath-wrapped counters, countertops, built-in banquette seating, and wall shelving.

A primary design goal from the start was to celebrate the existing height and volume of the industrial space, highlighted by historic, oversized, steel-framed windows on two sides. For this reason, building systems and back-of-house spaces are pushed to the interior corner. A mezzanine runs along one brick wall, sitting atop a jewel-box wine room and tucked-away bathrooms, allowing diners to experience the space from a higher vantage point overlooking the main floor.

Of similar importance was the visitor experience: the performance kitchen includes wrap-around counter seating which brings guests and chefs into close proximity, often prompting conversation during food preparation. Creating a casual, inviting atmosphere was carried through in the materials, which are warm, familiar, and invite touch. During the day, artificial lighting is barely needed, and the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant at night encourages people to linger in the space.