Five new restaurants for art lovers

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Audrey, Nashville

Audrey is decorated with Chef Sean Brock’s art collection © Emily Dorio

Sean Brock’s new flagship restaurant is a love letter to his Appalachian heritage — the menu is packed with native seed varieties, the meat is locally raised, and the interior resembles an old American tobacco barn. Named after the chef’s maternal grandmother, the restaurant also forms the backdrop for Brock’s art collection, including abstract watercolors by contemporary painter Mary Mooney and works by the late American folk artist Mose. Tolliver. Take it all in with Brock’s southern kitchen style. audreynashville.com


Esme, Chicago

Each course at Esmé is inspired by a different work by Paul Octavious
Each class at Esmé is inspired by a different work by Paul Octavious © Sandy Noto
Artwork by Octavious on the walls of Esmé
Artwork by Octavious on the walls of Esmé © Dan Piotrowski

Over the next two months, diners at Lincoln Park-based Esmé will be able to enjoy a 12-course tasting menu alongside the work of local photographer Paul Octavious. Originally opened in August last year, the restaurant promises an artistic take on the traditional dining experience, with each dish inspired by a different job – think beetroot prepared three different ways (a nod to the series of Octavious capturing Chicago’s Cricket Hill at different times of the year), and a dish based on a photograph of feathery clouds. Keep your ears perked up for a second artist collaboration coming later this year. esmechicago.com


The Painter’s Bedroom, Claridge’s, London

The pink onyx bar in the center of The Painter's Room
The pink onyx bar in the center of The Painter’s Room © Claridge’s
A stained glass window painted by Annie Morris
A stained glass window painted by Annie Morris © Claridge’s

Sandwiched between the ballroom and David Downton’s Talking Heads Gallery, this intimate hideaway is a tribute to Claridge’s art deco roots. At its center is a pink onyx bar, where guests can order a selection of art-inspired cocktails — particularly popular is the Saint Remy, a variation on a Van Gogh-inspired martini. almond blossom – and small snack-style plates. Additional flourishes include a stained glass mural by British artist Annie Morris and the overalls jackets worn by bar staff – a nod to American photographer Bill Cunningham. claridges.co.uk


Halle aux Grains, Paris

Artist's cutlery at the Halle aux Grains
Artist’s cutlery at the Halle aux Grains © Voiture14
La Halle aux Grains is run by the father-son duo Michel and Sébastien Bras
La Halle aux Grains is run by the father-son duo Michel and Sébastien Bras © Bras

At the top of the Bourse de Commerce, where French businessman François Pinault displayed part of his 5,000-work collection last year, the ceiling gives way to a painted rotunda, its elaborate lines offset by a gentle restoration by Tadao Ando. It is here, in the attic of the former granary, that father-son duo Michel and Sébastien Bras have opened the museum’s new restaurant, where visitors can dine with an unobstructed view of Paris. Clues to the building’s history are strewn throughout, from artist-designed place settings to stoneware ceramics. halleauxgrains.bras.fr


Sketch, London

Modern Magic (Studies of African Art from Picasso's Collection) XV, 2021, by Yinka Shonibare

Modern Magic (Studies of African Art from Picasso’s Collection) XV, 2021, by Yinka Shonibare © Stephen White & Co, courtesy of the artist and the Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Having exhibited works by Tracey Emin, Chris Levine and more than 200 drawings by David Shrigley, Mayfair’s Sketch is as much a gallery as a restaurant (three Michelin stars). Now in its 20th year, the restaurant has been reimagined by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, who created 15 works in his Dutch wax batik pattern for the occasion. The works – five hand-carved masks and 10 quilts that replicate African masks found in Picasso’s collection – look down on diners in the gallery’s main room, their brightly colored fabrics offset by a new yellow design scheme by project architect India Mahdavi. sketch.london

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