When Kevin Sbraga first looked at the 6,700-square-foot open space in Jacksonville, Fla., he envisioned it broken up into smaller, cozier areas. “I didn’t want [guests] to feel like they’re in just another restaurant,” says the executive chef and owner of Sbraga & Company. “I want them to feel like they’re in my home.” Most nearby restaurants have a modern, industrial look, but Sbraga wanted something different. From the bar to the lounge to the dining room, he relied on warm tones, rustic decor and antique touches to deliver it.
Designers spent two days scouring local antique shops for finishing touches. Old photos of Jacksonville and wooden rolling pins—a nod to the bread baked fresh in-house—decorate the walls. Casual area rugs and mismatched chairs and plates are similar to what you’d find in Sbraga’s home, he says.
Photography by Michael Persico