Rouge Tomate was relocated to a Landmark Carriage House in Chelsea, which was restored close to its 1864 original design. Rouge Tomate’s mission is to provide a dining experience that supports the total well-being of the individual and environment.
The rare Carriage House was most recently a truck garage, but now restored with a change-of-use as wine bar and restaurant. The large openings, used for carriages, were filled with low-glare glass to maintain the appearance of large openings.
The building consists of two long spaces with white-painted brick walls. The first space is the wine bar, with a bronze bar and custom-designed leather seats, leather-strapped lights and a wine vault. Slate floors and a stone wine vessel emphasize the mineralogy of wine-making. The dining room occupies the second space, with warm woods, an open-kitchen and dining-bar. The oak floor is highly sustainable by retaining the natural curvature of the tree.
Since its founding in 1957, Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA has acquired a reputation for superior contemporary design. Our work is consistently bold, modern, creative and beautifully resolved. It spans a wide range of building types and scales, from urban environments to refined interiors and furnishings; and demonstrates our belief that great design manifests its virtues in both its practical and aesthetic qualities.