The latest haute eatery and Instagram darling is located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, and features a clash of rich colors and fabrics and a contemporary take on Art Deco design.
Much like the butterfly, Monarch Prime & Bar went through a series of transformations to get to its current unique design. Monarch partner and entrepreneur Ethan Bondelid had a fashion-forward, captivating vibe in mind for the finished product.
“The name is a nod to the Red Queen. We wanted to create a space that was fashionable and sexy but also had an enchanting undertone,” Bondelid mused. The space was modernized with a mix of design styles that Bondelid says “clash just right.”
“After two restaurants closed at the hotel and the lobby was rarely used, we needed to transform the space to feel like a completely new property. We pulled inspiration from the Deco nature of the building and incorporated modern design elements.”
Located in the historic Hotel Deco, Monarch was created within a completely revamped first floor, which included an event room and defunct restaurant. Bondelid tapped interior design firm Avenir Creative to flip the space and make the look come to life. Lead designer Julie Purpura created an arch theme throughout to make each area flow.
“We stuck with the themes of drama, rich colors, and textures. The space has three separate heights and lots of different feels,” Bondelid explained. “I love the idea that you can dine or have drinks there every day and sit in new locations with different views, and it still feels congruent.”
Each area of the restaurant offers something a little different, and the beauty is in the details.
“The floral wallpaper mural is certainly iconic for the restaurant,” said Bondelid. “I also love the meat lockers we built into the dining room floor. Some of my favorite things are in the details – the cloches, the bugs on the wall, the rabbit head purse hooks. They really set the place apart.”
Get the eclectic, modern-Art Deco look at home with opulent fabrics, rich blues and greens, soft pinks, bold cognacs, and sprinkles of greenery throughout and classic accents.