The Fine Art of Dining

January 19th, 2010

Creative Museum Restaurants are the Latest Exhibits

Above, the Guggenheim, New York; Below, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

In recent years, as museums around the world receive face-lifts from such notable architects as Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, and Renzo Piano, so too has followed the museum restaurant which previously was a cafeteria after-thought where a guest might stop to pick up a bottle of water. Now, however, many museums have created their own dining masterpieces that offer just as much curated appeal in the food as in the design.

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The Wright at the Guggenheim, New York

The iconic Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. To honour the ocassion and pay proper tribute to the man who envisioned its unique curved structure, the Guggenheim developed The Wright. Designed by architect Andre Kikoski, the restaurant features a site-specific commission by renowned British artist Liam Gillick and a contemporary menu by Daniel Bouley protegé Rodolfo Contreras. Click here to learn more about The Wright.

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Frank at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Native Torontonian, Frank Gehry returned home to design his first building in Canada. The new facade at the Art Gallery of Ontario reflects all the elegance and creativity of the visionary Gehry, with an added level of graceful restraint not seen elsewhere. The restaurant, Frank, continues this understated sophistication with Douglas Fir paneling, translucent multi-coloured tables, and a signature zig-zag bar. There is also a winding steel installation created, fittingly, by sculptor Frank Stella. Click here to learn more about Frank.

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Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Celebrated architect, Renzo Piano, designed the new Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago including Terzo Piano, a light-filled restaurant that features sleek white furnishings and an expansive terrace to enjoy on warm days. Local and beloved chef Tony Mantuano offers a menu that highlights fresh, local ingredients from farmers’ markets and artisan producers, including cheese that is preserved in an authentic, and specially created, cava di stagionatura (cheese cave). Click here to learn more about Terzo Piano.

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For more noteworthy museum restaurants on DesignEats.com,
please click the links below:

c5 at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

The Modern at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Georges at the Centre Pompidou, Paris

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