Little Vine’s newest restaurant, The Salzburg, offers a cozy refuge in the city where customers can escape the evening chill, gather with friends and feast on Austrian inspired fare. The design is inspired by memories of hiking from hut to hut on the Central Eastern Alps as rustic furnishings and soft lighting to create a charming backdrop to the menu of home-made sausages and local wines.
The design consisted of three key vernaculars commonly found in the Alps – The stucco base serving as the foundation of any hut, the exposed timber construction and the raw saw wood siding. The signature element that sets the tone for the entire space is the starburst symbol, a key token of the Alps. It is represented throughout the restaurant’s unique facade and concealed throughout the interior. When you see the facade from Union Street, only upon closer proximity will you be aware of the door and entrance to this gem. During the day, the light shines in through the starbursts illuminating beautiful patterns onto the wall and the furniture. In the evening, the inside light omits out to create a constellation highlighting its presence.
The overall space consists of a simple material palette using red wood, walnut, birch bark, blackened steel details and an oak floor brought in from Europe. The gable inserted into the space is a narrow and tall volume that through the addition of the gable structure becomes more intimate and of human scale evoking the construction in Europe of the huts creating a nice juxtaposition of the existing space and the idea of where we took inspiration from. The space includes an elongated bar, dining booths, a courtyard with an open gas fireplace space that evokes the warmth of the huts, cellar and a private dining room.