By Nadine Kam
The invitation was cryptic: "In preparation for its new production, Stage Restaurant will go dark for 3 days. New sets and props will be introduced and placed in our newly inspired Front of House ..."
I had to see what that was about. As it turns out, March 6 was the preview of changes at Stage restaurant, marking the return of executive chef Ron De Guzman and a refreshed look highlighted by larger than life fashion portraits by James Chiew, Jean Raphael, Jordi Gomez and Maximillian Wiedmann.
It's been seven years since Stage opened in the Honolulu Design Center, and after "a long run of 3,100-plus successful performances since opening in 2007," owner Thomas Sorensen spoke of traveling through Europe and walking in Cologne, Germany, and being awestruck by the monumental photos he saw, and wanted to reproduce that feeling in his furniture galleries.
He said he had always envisioned the design center "as a place to come and dream and be inspired." He said he wanted a welcoming space in which people didn't feel pressured to buy something until the time is right.
Changes to the restaurant's menus will be introduced in the coming months to compliment the dining room's new colorblocked style.
Stage Restaurant is on the second floor of the Honolulu Design Center, 1250 Kapiolani Blvd. Call 808.237.5429.
How nice that Louis Vuitton's Patrick Gey and his wife Marisa were seated just in front of this work by Jean Raphael. When properly illuminated, drivers will be able to see these works from the street at night.