Portland has become a Mecca for young, inspired chefs. The relatively affordable overhead alongside a genuinely interested food culture makes for a ripe proving ground. Aesthetics and spacial design can be the difference between one restaurant’s success, and it’s failure as there are so many quality venues boasting inventive, unique or simple, well done fare. Scott Snyder the owner and chef at Levant recognized the need to design his space around his vision, and ELK obliged in spades.
The history of Levant is one of personal reflection. Scott Snyder has modeled his fare around his familial history. From Levant’s website, it’s a “French-Arabesque restaurant serving modern representations of Middle Eastern dishes” which accompanies a warm and inviting menu with beautiful design elements and traditional keepsakes giving the space a unique and hospitable air.
Tasked with building a living, breathing representation of Scott’s familial culinary connection, ELK designed the space with a combination of hand built elements, raw woods, and multi functional pieces allowing for the space to remain open and functional while staying with the traditional vision and translation.
When in the space, the warmth and Middle Eastern embrace is apparent and beautifully compliments a unique history with a unique space. Levant is located at 2448 East Burnside in Portland, OR. You can visit the ELK Collective HERE.