During last year’s Eater Awards, South Lamar restaurant Eberly came out on top with the editor’s choice of Restaurant Design of the Year. In anticipation of the awards this year, we revisited the space to determine what makes it so special.
Turning the original structure at 615 South Lamar Boulevard, which had been a concrete print shop, into Eberly was a collaboration between the restaurant’s interior designer Mickie Spencer, general contractor Michael Dickson at Icon Design + Build, and Clayton & Little Architects.
Each space within Eberly (the Cedar Tavern bar, the Study, patio, and the main dining room) was designed to have its own characteristics tied together to the restaurant as a whole by elements of blue, gold/brass, and concrete. Here, the group delved into the stunning Study room:
- The inspiration for the Study was British greenhouses found in London in the 1800s (think: Kew Gardens).
- The room’s 16 brass lamps contain pieces sourced from an old Navy ship.
- The tables are made from a rare Brazilian marble called Scandalous.
- The 500 books in the Study are sourced from the library of the late Frances Scott, a professor of philosophy at Texas Tech University, and mother of Eberly co-founder John Scott.
- The Study connects all the other sections of Eberly, and the transparent walls are intended to show glimpses of how the evening might progress.