Department of the Interiors: Goozlepipes and Guttyworks

February 18, 2014 5 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Amongst the new places about to open, none has the clockwork wonderment of King Streets newest entry into the city's increasingly civilized nightlife. Steampunk, gorgeous, handmade, dense with art and artisanship, this place is going to be an instant landmark. We thought you would like a looksee at the interior way before its ready for primetime. Join us after the jump for a look inside.

The restaurant will be adjacent to Kickbacks restaurant on King Street, and has been (as anyone who follows knows) a hella big controversy in the neighborhood, often compared to the Colossus of Rhodes or the Demon Pits of Mammon by neighborhood cranks who have claimed it will be the largest restaurant in the history of the city (spoiler: It totally isn't)

But for all the kerfluffle, the space is going to be a gorgeous visual romp and an art experience, with literally thousands of individual works having been commissioned and handmade for the space.

The theme is breathtakingly steampunk, although not the factory driven variety.  It seems to have been inspired more by the British Museum of Antiquities at its victorian heights than by a tick tock Oz iteration.

As of right now, the exterior couldn't look more Castle Greyjoy if it tried.  If you could bottle the dreary landscape of 1960s liverpool and make it less exciting, you could pour it over the front and no one would be able to tell the difference.

The hostess stand apparently will be made of brick and able to withstand even the most determined RAP invasion.

Also (and more appropriately) made of brick: A cooking pit.

However once you step inside, the magic and highly detailed interior starts to kind of kick ass.

For example, this hand welded, braided spiral staircase that will serve as one of the three focal points of the downstairs.  Its just gorgeous in both artisanship and proportions and sets the two story dining room into a class by itself.

Behind the staircase, you can see the rectangular band that, on closer inspection, is one of the more remarkable installation sculptures in the city.

It actually runs completely around both the up and downstairs of the room.  It is composed of thousands of small metal boxes, filled with clockwork and ephemera.  Each tells their own story.

Steve Flores has commissioned a hella lot of original sculpture for the interior.   Check out this next photo.  Its one of the recessed sculptures that will be located throughout the bar:

Above is a wrap around balcony.

The balcony leads to a small stage suspended above the door.  During performances, one and two person acts will be performing to the room from this area.  It will be unlike anything in the entire city

photos and commentary by stephen dare