With its upcoming expansion, José Andrés's Oyamel will get a bigger bar, more dining space and lots of butterfly accents.
The expansion, which adds another 900 square feet to the restaurant, is being designed by HapstakDemitriou+, and brings an additional 42 seats to the Mexican restaurant in Penn Quarter. The new look will be ready by early May, in time for the restaurant's sixth Tequila and Mezcal Festival.
The theme for the look is an "urban celebration," according to a press release, and is meant to show the contrast between traditional and contemporary Mexico. The restaurant's original butterfly ceiling design will now show up in furniture accents, light fixtures and video projections, including an image of a goddess with butterflies in her hair near the bar. There wil be a wrap-around bar, cork flooring and booth seating. A private dining alcove with a big chandelier has been added beyond the center bar.
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