Beatnik on the River, a new bar and restaurant in Chicago, has meticulously rebuilt a decadent 106-year-old Nashville, Tenn., jewelry store under its shingle, repurposing the beautiful interiors for an opulent-feeling cocktail lounge.
News outlet Crain’s reports that well-known Chicago restaurant owner and developer Bonhomme Hospitality Group has recently moved and reconstructed the insides of the entire 400-square-foot store, which debuted in 1913 in Nashville, and “dropped it in the middle of the bar” inside Beatnik on the River.
The spectacular store included many luxury interior hallmarks of the day: crystal chandeliers, sconces, carved maple-wood accents, and furnishings that include a long jewelry counter with turned legs and pink velvet–upholstered benches. Every element of the shop was restored and rebuilt by a master craftsman, according to the news outlet.
Comprising a new room inside Beatnik’s, the space is an extension of the restaurant’s cocktail bar. Crain’s reports that it feels like “a hall of mirrors with recessed mirrored niches and sliding-door cabinets once used for jewelry display and storage.”
The interior elements of the former jewelry store pull from both Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements—and I think it’s marvelous that such a beautifully crafted, historically significant design will enjoy a vibrant second act.
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