Five years ago, Chicago got a new brunch spot so popular that lines for a table wrapped around the block even on weekdays, with eager diners clamoring on OpenTable for reservations. The hotspot in question? RH. Yes, as in the store formerly known as Restoration Hardware, the modern furniture company known for its industrial style and neutral color palette.
In the years since, RH has opened what it calls "galleries"—large, built-out stores with dining options—in Palm Beach and New York City, each with splashy opening parties (models, celebrities, and seafood towers included). Guests couldn't help but snap photos of the rooftop views and well-designed surroundings. This week, the company opened its latest gallery, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“RH Charlotte represents the RH of the future,” said RH chairman and CEO Gary Friedman in an announcement. “We don’t build retail stores. We create architecturally inspiring spaces that activate all of the senses and cannot be replicated online. It’s an immersive experience that blurs the lines between residential and retail, indoors and outdoors, home and hospitality, and we’re proud to introduce it to the Queen City.”
Indeed, visitors to the Charlotte store (full name: RH Charlotte, The Gallery at Phillips Place) will step inside a Venetian plaster exterior into a 25-foot tall entry hall, surrounded by barrel-vaulted rooms showing RH's furniture in-situ.
The restaurant is found up a double floating staircase in an indoor-outdoor space informed by European garden design. Meanwhile, a floor up, the wine bar serves up vintages from California's Napa Valley (where RH also has a restaurant). All told, the store is 50,000 square feet of design. Even if you don't have a sofa to shop for, you may just want to pay a visit and hang out in that rooftop garden.
Currently, the store is open for limited hours with additional security precautions due to COVID-19. Read the details here.
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