If you love dramatic makeover stories, this one’s for you. Arcsine, an Oakland, California-based architecture and design firm, transformed a motley, color-saturated former Mexican restaurant into a tasteful sanctuary of Mediterranean cuisine called The Blue Door, which opened in San Jose, California earlier this month.
This family-owned and operated Greek dining restaurant combines sophistication with comfort, as seen through the mix of clean, contemporary millwork and warming elements like floor-to-ceiling drapes, soothing lighting and the stone-clad fireplace. With residential design details incorporated like an intimate dessert lounge and soft, comfy seating throughout, Arcsine designed this restaurant to suit both families and the Silicon Valley elite for breakfast, lunch, and dinner service as well as after-work cocktails at the bar.
Guests are transported to southern Greece with the neutral color palette made up of cream, taupe and soft blue with dark wood accents that define this 5,000-square-foot dining oasis. On the 1,600 square-foot-patio, drapery spread across an outdoor pergola makes each and every al fresco diner feel like they are among the cascading architecture of Santorini.