Petros Manhattan Beach
Petros Greek Restaurant merges traditional Greek cuisine with an emerging nouveau cuisine regional to Southern California. Located in the mixed use retail project, Metlox (designed by our office), the restaurant consists of an indoor dining room, bar, commercial kitchen, and a covered outdoor dining patio. The restaurant’s proximity to the beach, with its intense sunlight, climate and topography, as well as the relaxed lifestyle of this Southern California beach community, provides an atmosphere somewhat analogous to the Mediterranean coast.
The design of the restaurant embraces the spare and rustic qualities of Greek aesthetics, translating these cultural characteristics through the materials of steel stud and drywall common to American construction practices. Ash wood accents and a synthetic version of Thassos marble are additional translations of Greek texture in a contemporary context. The traditional niche spaces found in Greek interiors are abstracted to adorn the restaurant at different scales and depths—in one instance framing Greek artifacts, at another, diners at their tables. The motif functions as both decorative pattern and spatial organizer, highlighting the voyeuristic and very public aspects of restaurant dining.
3,200 SF interior building area
780 SF outdoor dining area
CLIENT: Petros Benekos
PROJECT TEAM:Peter Tolkin, Leilani Trujillo,Chris Girt
ENGINEERS: Michael Wall Engineering (Electrical Engineer), Guthrie & Associates, Inc. (Mechanical & Plumbing)
CONSULTANTS: Fox+Fox Design (Lighting), Kamran & Company Inc. (Kitchen), Vanir Construction Management, Inc (City’s Construction)
GENERAL CONTRACTOR & COST ESTIMATOR: Charles Pankow Builders