The Lobby, Middlebury, Vermont

The recent extensive renovation of this downtown Middlebury restaurant, now named The Lobby and owned by chef/owner Michel Mahr, was accomplished by working with designer Rebecca Duffy. The unusual building is located on the banks of Otter Creek, just upstream from the falls. It was originally designed by architect John Anderson to resemble a cruise ship on the river.

 

The primary wood used for the cabinetry was white oak, stained dark. One of the most dramatic features of the renovation is the new front and back bar. The front bar is twenty-five feet long overall, built completely of white oak, with a two-foot wide top surface covered in zinc. The back bar consists of built-in open shelves for displaying liquor bottles and glasses.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontThe Lobby’s front and back bar.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontBottles in the half mirrored doors on the tall upper shelves are lit by LED lights and are reached by a purpose-built library ladder on a curved track (top photo, far right side).

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontWhite oak bench and table tops.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontWhite oak booths and table tops.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontA cozy nook.

 

The Lobby, Middlebury, VermontAn antique wash stand retrofitted into a server station with zinc counter and faucet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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