PULLMAN BAR & DINER
Iowa City, Iowa
This adaptive re-use/renovation of a small 1,400 sq. ft. downtown retail space into a cozy, 49-seat diner draws inspiration from the days of the Pullman railway dining cars. The design for the long, narrow space utilizes an arched ceiling to enhance a railcar feel. The restaurant is anchored by a long lunch counter and bar, and features an open kitchen, where the exposed operations of the cooking staff serve to further engage patrons and add to the intimacy and nostalgia of the environment. Traditional diner fare is reconceptualized for Pullman’s menu, at once pushing the envelope while keeping things familiar. Additionally, the owners have partnered with Englert Theatre Director Andre Perry to curate a music playlist befitting the diner ambiance.