Shop while you dine” was a revolutionary concept when restaurateur Donna Lennard and Italian partner Alberto Avalle launched beloved Il Buco in a charming Bond Street antiques shop back in 1994. They even developed their own product lines along with curated goods to further their Mediterranean chic aesthetic.
Now, architect and designer Mark Zeff and his wife Kristin have just launched Blackbarn, a flagship shopping mecca in Chelsea Market that includes a new restaurant style cafe.
The twist: All of the dishes, flatware, glasses and linens used in the restaurant are for sale.
The 2,000-square-foot eatery, helmed by Chef John Doherty — the former chef at the Waldorf Astoria — will seat 65 people. It’s inside a new 4,500-square-foot flagship Blackbarn design shop from Zeff.