Somerset restaurant opens Friday December 16th at 7 East Anapamu Street (the former home of Arts & Letters Café) after 2 years and several million dollars of renovation, transforming it into a “world-class venue.” It is designed by celebrity designer Steve Hermann, the talent behind the award wining L’Horizon Resort in Palm Springs, who cut his teeth designing homes for A-listers in Los Angeles. “Upon entering, you are immediately transported to another time and place,” says Hermann. “The interior is both classic and modern simultaneously, with references to a grand restaurant one would find in London or Paris. Boasting deep chesterfield sofas, polished zinc table tops, and 50’s modern vintage chairs and lighting, the space comfortably mixes mid century and art deco influences.”
Hermann has gone all out, including sourcing original Stilnovo vintage Italian sconces and chandeliers from the 1950’s. As beautiful as the interior is however, the courtyard is the “piece de resistance.” A large stone fireplace draws you toward the patio with 100 year old olive trees that are situated in rubble stone planters. The whole feel of the patio was designed to be that of an old courtyard in Tuscany. That old world feel throughout the restaurant is complimented by modern touches such as the contemporary furniture and a custom sound track developed specifically for Somerset by one of the D.J’s hailing from Hotel Coste in Paris.
The most important aspect of any restaurant is the quality of the food so Somerset restaurant brought in a star chef. “After doing dozens of tasting with top chefs across the country and not finding what I wanted, I knew what I needed to do. I approached the Chef, Lauren Herman, from two of my favorite restaurants, A.O.C. and the James Beard Award winning Lucques,” said Hermann. “She defines what is right about California cuisine, effortlessly producing progressive dishes with rustic southern European infuences. She is joined in the kitchen by her wife, pastry and sous chef Christina Olufson, who is an incredible talent in her own right.”
Somerset is open Sunday-Thursday 5- 9:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-10:30 p.m. Lunch and brunch to follow in January and February 2017. Call 845-7112.