The Nice Guy

CompanyBuilt Inc.
Lead Designer
ClientJohn Sofio
Prize(s)Honorable Mention
Entry Description

Take a step back in time through a 3,400-square-foot
retro-inspired restaurant and lounge in West
Hollywood designed by a Los Angeles-based
design/build firm. The designers’ concept channels
the decadence of Italian-American restaurants of
decades past, with an exclusive vibe.

Upon entry, guests are greeted by a marble bar-top
with chevron-stripe paneled mirrors, which leads to
the lounge, main dining room and patio. The dimly lit
dining room includes over 12,000 feet of stained, dark
cedar flooring sharply contrasting with bone wide
cedar walls. Reminiscent of a traditional Italian social
club, mod booths contour the exterior walls, while
larger booths at the center encourage a lively
atmosphere. A sultry performance area is incorporated
in the classic lounge.

Wide board Black American walnut flooring, custom
inlaid carpets and classic lighting fixtures add comfort
to the space. Beyond the kitchen walls, a chef’s table
emulates a secret surveillance headquarter.