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Chestnut Asheville Restaurant

Chestnut Asheville Restaurant

Location: Downtown Asheville, NC / Type: Commercial Renovation

The owners of the popular Biltmore Village restaurant Corner Kitchen decided to renovate a storefront restaurant in downtown Asheville and looked to Samsel Architects as their architect and collaborator for a new Asheville restaurant design.
The Chestnut Restaurant architectural renovation project in Downtown Asheville NC
The Chestnut Restaurant architectural renovation project in Downtown Asheville NC

At Samsel Architects, we have learned much over the past twenty-five years about how to deliver great hospitality. From our perspective, there are three primary ingredients in a great restaurant design:

  • Great layout with flow that engages customers and provides a variety of seating options
  • Good acoustics, for conversation and a welcoming environment
  • Lighting that warms the space

One design challenge loomed large: how to make the long, dark, and narrow space a warm and inviting restaurant and bar. To create an inviting entry sequence the team chose to clearly define a series of intimate gathering areas: the bar with its chestnut paneling, the comfortable booths, the “A” table at the storefront window, and the reserved seating area in the rear all balance color, texture, and casual elegance.

The owners of Chestnut Asheville wanted a comfortable atmosphere that matched the high-quality food without feeling pretentious or formal. The restaurant design uses complimentary wood species, diffuse lighting, low walls, and thoughtfully located acoustical treatments. The resulting restaurant and bar epitomizes a truly collaborative endeavor.

Project Team

Interior Designer: Alchemy Design Studio