PROJECT OF THE SUMMER
Over the course of this summer, we had the pleasure of being a part of one of Cleveland's brand new additions. The recently opened, Marble Room Steaks & Raw Bar.
This new, one-of-a-kind restaurant will now serve as one of the city's most attractive dining spots. A restaurant that will not only provide some of the best dishes in Cleveland, but one that is sure to deliver the most amazing dining scene/social space Cleveland has to offer. Located on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 6th street, Marble Room occupies the old Garfield Building in Downtown Cleveland. A Romanesque revival style building that has been home to the city of Cleveland since the late 1800’s.
The Garfield building coins its name from former President and Cleveland native, James Garfield. In 1896, two of Garfield's sons began the construction process of the building to commemorate their father's life as he was assassinated on July 2, 1881 by a disgruntled office seeker. In 1921, National City Bank (originally called The City Bank of Cleveland) moved into the 150 ft., 13-story Garfield Building. At the time, National City Bank was primarily engaged in commercial banking and experienced rapid growth during the World War I era via war-industry financing. The bank would eventually become known as Ohio’s largest bank, and the cornerstone for Cleveland’s economy.
Fast forward 87 years and National City bank went bankrupt during the 2008 financial crisis and eventually closed. The once very successful bank locked its doors and began what would become a 7-year stretch of being a vacant and forgotten space in the city of Cleveland. Until early 2015, when Cleveland's Millennia Companies purchased the Garfield Building in hopes of reviving its historical space and creating a new establishment for Cleveland to take pride in. Frank Sinito (CEO of Millennia Companies) understood early on that when restoring such an authentic space, there was only one route to go – high end. In doing so, Frank and his wife, Malisse, came to the conclusion of creating an upscale steakhouse & raw bar restaurant that would feature a modern and playful vibe. Their goal was to create an attractive place to not only enjoy “well-marbled” steak and seafood, but to also develop an unparalleled space for luxury weddings, fundraisers, birthday parties and other grand affairs.
This dramatic restaurant truly separates itself from all other dining spots due to its remarkable menu, but also its sophisticated interior. The 10,000 sq. ft. building includes multiple rooms that are nothing short of stunning. Aside form dining in the lavish main floor, guests have the opportunity to get relaxed in either one of the twin lounges which feature soft seating and elegant upholstery. In addition, they may also search for complete privacy downstairs in either of the vault or safe deposit rooms.
As a team, we collaborated with the very talented, Erin Larson (Project Manager of Millennia Companies) on providing 3 signature pieces for the private rooms. We began the drafting process for 3 individual bars, two of which would become mobile bars and the third being a fixed bar. The two mobile bars that we built stand on casters and feature custom leather wrapping with stone countertops. However, the most spectacular bar of the three is located underground in one of the private rooms referred to as "MR. VAULT." It's a space that truly evokes the feel of what these secluded rooms were made for. MR. VAULT features everything from a discreet side-door entrance, to custom chef-inspired menus that are tailored for special occasions. The fixed bar that we designed and built for this room is undoubtedly the most dazzling piece that has left our facility this summer.
Erin and our team wanted this bar to be one of the main focal points of this private suite, while having it reflect the old characteristics this basement once featured. As a result, we turned to the vault and salvaged old safe deposit boxes that were left intact from the early 1900's when National City Bank ran the building. We worked with our steel fabricator, Alex Loos and used these old safe boxes for the entire facade of this custom vault bar. Eventually making for an aesthetic that not only helps tell the story of this magnificent lower space, but also one that shines with history...literally.
Navigate through our gallery below to see photographs of the custom bars we provided, as well the renovation process both during and after of the Marble Room Restaurant.
Special thanks to Erin Larson, Frank Sinito, Malisse Sinito and Alex Loos again for the opportunity to collaborate on such an amazing project, their vision, and the tremendous help provided throughout the process of this Marble Room project.