The dinner menu's already made the rounds, so now, take a whirl around the South Waterfront's Quartet, the 214-seat restaurant slated to debut tomorrow in the space formerly home to Lucier. Perhaps unsurprisingly, restaurateurs Frank Taylor and Paul Keeler have retained much of Lucier's original $4 million design — famously by Alvarez + Brock, the NYC designers behind Le Cirque. A press release issued during Lucier's 2008 opening promised:
One-of-a-kind features within Lucier include a marble wall milled with abstract swimming designs, a shimmering indoor canal lined with iridescent gold tiles, oversized chandeliers made from bronze tubes of varying heights...
... and all remain, as does much of the dining room furniture, like plush seating and expansive tables. Bar fixtures, including lit-from-underneath tables and red leather chairs, are also a holdover.
Quartet's aesthetic changes to the space are all well-documented. Gone is the much-maligned "golden egg" above the bar, which now opens up the space to stunning views of the river; museum-style cases enclosing Lucier's collection of glass sculptures now house vignettes of wine bottles in their place (though three sculptures remain as an "homage" to the former restaurant, Taylor says). The biggest addition: a baby grand piano in the dining room, where musicians will offer live music most nights.
Quartet opens its doors tomorrow, February 14.
· Quartet [Official site]
· All Previous Quartet Coverage [Eater PDX]