"Going to a Giorgios Bakatsias restaurant isn’t just “grabbing dinner”—it’s a whole experience. “It’s a play,” says executive chef William D’Auvray, “and you’re not going to see the play until you come to the theater.”
The food, the drinks, the atmosphere and the service all come together to form a perfectly choreographed dance, if you will. And the same rings true for the prolific restaurateur’s newest concept, East End Bistrot, bowing in East End Market early this year.
The dance, of course, starts as soon as you walk through the door. A collaboration with local artists, the restaurant’s regal interior is, in a word, stunning. Inspired by Bakatsias’ pond-jump to Paris at a young age, the design evokes a whimsical sense of “pure joy and romance,” he says. Think bold red walls and gold and black elements serving in contrast to feminine large-scale florals by interior designer (and old friend) Tula Summerford and muralist Arianne Hemlein, a showstopping floor-to-ceiling gold tile wall anchoring the open kitchen, a sizable marble-topped bar, vintage French mirrors, and a host of nostalgic photographs and paintings—all grounded by a classic black-and-white French bistro floor. In essence, très magnifique." Excerpt taken from Raleigh Magazine, In Eat, February 2023 by Lauren KruchtenJan 31, 2023 https://raleighmag.com/2023/01/east-end-bistrot/