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Restaurant Design

January 22, 2018

Vintage windows were painted black and installed to divide the Green Room from the main room. Green velvet and leather make this space very cozy and chic.

Restaurant design is not my forte,  it is my passion! 

The primal enjoyment of food is heightened by beautiful surroundings.  This is so true for me that I cannot enjoy a meal if the space isn’t attractive.  I need  a clean space, and decor that is pleasing, and not full of worn out furnishings and poor design.

I love the creative freedom of creating a space for entertainment.  I love the challenge of shaping an atmosphere that promotes relaxation or fun.

I enjoy the entire evolution of a brand, a menu and a space that are harmonious, and at one with the inspiration.

In my largest restaurant project to date, I was presented with a rustic, nineteenth century stone building.  It was 5,000 square feet and two stories of stone, craggy wood columns, open ceiling joists.


Upstairs Fireplace with added millwork and fresh white and black paint. Original painting of Amy Winehouse by a local artist

ceiling and divider to fireplace pit

First look of the rough space with Dave, the project manager


Custom Booths and artwork.  Clean, modern and bright space.


Interior of the way it used to be, the old Slainte, Irish Pub


Today, fresh faced and friendly hosts greet guests. Steel window is from New York, and the host desk is made from 2 inch solid willow.


The main room bar  is quartz and live edge willow. The flooring is luxury vinyl. Custom bar stools, and our Wood Beam Light.

The owners wanted to preserve and present the history of the space, from horse stable, to the first Keg in Hamilton, to the popular Irish Pub, Slainte.  These former restaurants hold many fond memories for Hamiltonian’s, and there was excitement in the air about bringing the old building back into the lives of it’s former patrons.

There is also great excitement about the rejuvenation of downtown Hamilton, and I am thrilled to play a part.  Welcome to 33 Bowen, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.







About Adele Barrett

Adele Barrett is a consulting interior designer in Hamilton and Dundas. Over twenty years of conferences and continuing education classes keep Adele Barrett Interiors design practice both on trend and timelessly classic. She started collecting paint chips from the local lumber yard when she was 3 years old, and a seed was planted that grew into a career. Continue reading...