NEW YORK Based Interior Designer Bella Petite Latina Vanessa Deleon Bournias Turns Restaurant Upside Down…conquering her biggest challenge of her life designing and working alongside the most demanding customer, her husband, restaurateur Bobby Bournias. Vanessa will prove once more her grand restaurant design.
Bobby featured on Food Network, Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, representing the Brownstone Diner, located in Jersey City, the original family owned restaurant, since 1968. Bobby’s vision was to expand on the family’s success, and branch out on his own. Vanessa’s says, “a collaboration between restaurant owner and restaurant designer was going to be a perfect marriage, no pun intended.”
Vanessa has been featured alongside Robert Irvine as they renovated and decorated restaurants across the country. Vanessa says, “working alongside Irvine was a part of the foundation that prepared me for the greatest personal challenge of my entire design life.
Vanessa immediately implemented the inverted theme; adding a juice bar simulating an outdoor park setting, with faux grass covering parts of
the ceiling and 3D cloud images covering the floors and tables. Beautiful custom made garden murals adorn the windows. A vintage bicycle, park bench, and lampposts hang upside down for a full visionary affect that tantalize the senses.
Vanessa personalized another area of the restaurant in honor of the Bournias family. She used custom made newspaper “wallpaper” featuring clips from restaurant articles written about Bobby’s mother, father and siblings in the late 60’s. Other articles featured Bobby and Guy Fieri’s visit to the original Brownstone.
In addition, Vanessa and Robert Irvine are also on the wall showing their collaboration on Restaurant Impossible.
Seated in the cafe area, by the juice bar, encompassing an outdoor atmosphere, you can hear the guests talking and laughing as they realize their world just turned upside down. They appear as if they have solved a piece to the missing puzzle, as they point to the different objects that hang above.
Bobby transcends their pallets with heavenly delights, as Vanessa concurs the challenge of the grand restaurant design.
Brownstone Pancake Factory, Edgewater, NJ
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