Tatel Restaurant, Miami
- Studio Gronda
A grand porte cochère at the former DiLido Hotel (today the Ritz-Carlton South Beach on Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road) will welcome guests to the new TATEL restaurant in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco district. A striking bar in a bell jar-shaped room with floor-to-ceiling windows originally conceived by Morris Lapidus, who’s name is synonymous with the “Miami Modern” style of the 1950s and 60s, will beckon guests upon arrival. For this intriguing space, Studio Gronda has designed a circular-shaped, chrome-finished island bar. An oversized sculptural chandelier composed of more than one hundred lights rises above the bar like a sparkling cloud. Proceeding past a Joselito “Ham Library” and through the intimate lounge featuring glass-front cabinets for fine wines and spirits, guests will enter the main dining room.
The double-height main dining room will accommodate at least 200 diners. Along its perimeter, guests may be seated in raised booths or semi-private dining rooms, each of which will have their own window into the kitchen. An 80ft-long (almost 25m) faux skylight will crown the ceiling, projecting sensuous animations related to TATEL culture. Exposed brick walls will display graffiti-like stencils of works by Spanish master painters, providing a playful and casual atmosphere and recalling the brand’s cultural roots. At the far end of the room, a raised chrome sphere balcony will serve as a DJ booth and live performance stage. Behind it, a secluded private dining room with direct access to the DJ will seat 20 VIP customers.