One of the most popular restaurants in the Heights now has even more room for customers.
Field & Tides, the CultureMap Tastemaker Awards winner for Best New Restaurant of 2018, has recently debuted its lounge space. Built in a converted gas station at the corner of 11th and Beverly, the new space, which the restaurant calls The Lounge at Field & Tides, provides an additional 700 square feet that can be used for dining, drinking, and private events. Opening the lounge completes a vision that chef-owner Travis Lenig and his business partner Chico Ramirez have had for the restaurant since before they signed their lease.
"We always wanted to have that space. We weren't willing to take the restaurant unless we had the hard corner," Lenig tells CultureMap. "Nobody in the Heights has a private dining space like that."
Wyndy Ramirez of Wynne Design Works and contributing designer Gino Vian of Merchant to Market preserved the historic building's original brick walls. Inside, design elements include an industrial metal bar and wooden pieces made from 100-year-old oak. An "anchor" mural by the bathroom both pays homage to the "Tides" aspect of the restaurant and provides and Instagrammable selfie spot.
Initially, the space had been intended as a drinks-oriented lounge and waiting area, but Lenig says customer demand prompted him to serve the restaurant's full menu during both brunch and dinner. Doing so has both shortened wait times and boosted revenue at the Southern-inspired restaurant that, as it name implies, serves a mix of seafood, meat, and game dishes.
Still, the focus has been on booking private events, and Lenig says demand has been strong. The lounge can seat up to 28 for a meal or hold up to 50 for a standing/tasting format. Add in the adjacent patio, and the space can accommodate up to 80 people. So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
"It's a nice space to have," the chef says. "We're doing our wine dinners over there now. It's nice for people who pay that kind of money to have that privacy to be able to talk. That's a definite plus."