Pacific Standard Time is a coastal California-inspired restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The aim of the venue is to bring the warmth and authenticity of California farms to the heart of Chicago. The interior was completed by New York City-based Parts and Labor Design.
“With a focus on highlighting the menu and market-driven fresh ingredients, we sought to connect the guest with the food preparation by bringing them as close to the kitchen as possible. The idea of the domestic chefs table and intimacy of food preparation is at the heart of the design for Pacific Standard Time. Upon approach to Pacific Standard Time, guests are greeted by a customized façade with textured glazing that connect the interior with the passer by. Radiused corners of the glazing soften the building’s geometry and bring out the curved language of the interior architecture. A curved entry vestibule leads guests into the main dining room, where they are greeted with a fresh color palette and soft materials that includes shades of cream and pale blues, warm woods, marble accents and lush greenery. Within the main dining room, guests have view of the restaurant’s open expo kitchen. The design team incorporated a dining counter and stool seating along the open kitchen, intimately connecting guests with the chef and the activity within. Surrounding the open kitchen, fixtures made of brass and milk glass are formed specifically with the architecture to create an organic relationship with the space. A central element of the restaurant is the custom wood and leather bar, which divides the space into two distinct but visually connected areas. A stunning angled wood beam ceiling is found above the bar, embracing West Coast mid-century modern residential architecture and paying homage to their iconic pitched roofs. The bar top includes custom lamps made from concrete and stained walnut, designed to offer intimate mood lighting. Adjacent to the central bar is the hearth, a unique design concept that takes inspiration from the restaurant’s two wood-burning ovens located within the open kitchen. The hearth’s gentle sculptural shape softly embraces the restaurant’s custom banquettes with a tapered form and intricate tile pattern reminiscent of an oven’s chimney. Beyond the hearth, guests will find the private dining room, which adopts a darker color and materials palette while still remaining cohesive with the restaurant’s interior. Custom pendants run the length of the room and hang from a grey plaster ceiling, while elegant green leather banquets add a luxurious feel to the space. Dynamic Terrazzo flooring delineates the banquette seating area and contrasts the wood plank floors. Lush greenery rounds out the private dining room, which offers a full bar and seating for four. A hand crafted feel and curated edge was implemented to communicate a residential, intimate sentiment throughout the restaurant,” says Parts and Labor Design