118 Chippewa street - buffalo, ny
8,420 s.f. tenant renovation
The contemporary interior design conveys the restaurants unique pan-asian fusion cuisine. Diagonally set panels, implying Shoji screens were custom designed to divide the space and create a focal point. The dividers consisted of faux painted surfaces and individual panels made of wood and pulp glass. This design element was incorporated behind the bar, and continues the theme throughout the restaurant. The panels create intimate dining spaces for the patrons and still achieve the Owners’ desire for an open kitchen concept. Contemporary bamboo graphics on the custom carpet further emphasized the design theme and define the elevated dining area.To create a modern atmosphere, structural columns were painted in a silver metallic fresco. The use of brushed aluminum railings and organic motifs, emphasize the sharp contrast between the two materials. The main level is a combination of wood and stained concrete flooring mimicking the angles of the shoji screen wall. These materials along with the change in elevation create a unique dining experience from multiple vantage points.
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Winner of the brick by brick award for best restaurant 2005
Papaya is a privately owned Restaurant located in the Hampton Inn, at Chippewa Street in Buffalo, NY. Papaya Restaurant invites the community to dine as well as the hotel guests. The Chippewa strip of Downtown Buffalo is known for its unique combination of fine dining, stimulating entertainment and one-of-a-kind bars. Papaya was quickly embraced as a refreshing addition to this evolving community.