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Café Mars

A whimsical aesthetic supports fine dining at this Gowanus restaurant.


Imbued with whimsy and playfulness at its core, the design for Café Mars, the vision of chefs Paul D’Avino and Jorge Olarte, takes its lead from a simple prompt - what does it mean to be an “unusual Italian restaurant”? The bright color palette, soft curves, and textural transitions are grounded by a central bar and kitchen space, clad in warm and inviting wood paneling. The effect is a culinary atmosphere that is at once fanciful and comforting, transportive and familiar.


Architecture,  Design


Brooklyn, NY


Café Mars


construction 2023


Restaurant, Commercial


Department of Approvals  —  MEP Engineering
Blue Sky Design  —  Structural Engineering
Rusk  —  Construction Management
Chairs  —  Studio Apotroes
Photography  —  Nick Glimenakis
Tables  —  Todd Higuchi
Signage  —  Massimo Mongiardo
Art  —  Leroy's Place