“Top Chef” competitor opens eatery
A contestant from Bravo’s “Top Chef” reality TV series has teamed with Fatty Crew Hospitality Group to open a restaurant in a 19th-century building on New York’s Lower East Side. Leah Cohen’s Pig and Khao features an interior that mixes Southeast Asian design elements and industrial details.
“We’ve been trying to work with Leah for over a year,” says Rick Camac, managing partner of Fatty Crew Hospitality Group. “We’ve finally found a space that’s a perfect fit for the concept and projected demographic.”
The 1,000-sq.-ft. Southeast Asian restaurant features rows of long dining tables, a chef’s bar with vintage light fixtures and copper accents and outdoor picnic-style dining under ivy-covered trellises.
The space also sports exposed brick walls, raw mosaic tiles, metallic copper ceilings and vertical wood slats in shades of green to resemble bamboo. In addition, a hand-carved Filipino bike hangs above the dining room and an art installation by Shaun Acton references the Filipino flag. For a personal touch, photographs from Cohen’s travels in the Far East adorn the walls.
Fatty Crew Hospitality Group owns five eateries, including Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue restaurants in New York and St. John, Virgin Islands. The company offers operations, finance, management and public relations assistance for hospitality projects.
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