Inside Out Blog

04 Oct

Barcelona – An Old City in Spain, An Amazing New Restaurant in DC

InsideOUT was first contacted in August to discuss an installation project for a brand new restaurant on 14th Street.  Barcelona, a wine bar and restaurant, is the latest venture by Barteca and it is their first restaurant in Washington DC.  In 2012, Barcelona was chosen as one of the top 100 wine restaurants in the country by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Barcelona Restaurant Patio

The space chosen by Barcelona is at the corner of 14th and Q Streets and features a completely new front patio with a very large sitting area. This amazing space boasts a sizeable outdoor fireplace which will be invaluable in the  winter.  The restaurant also offers other very unique features.  The south wall is plastic-covered chicken wire which in time will be covered with the English Ivy that has been planted at its base.  Throughout the patio there are several repurposed containers as well as aged terra cotta planters.  A wide variety of plant material was chosen for these containers to provide an array of colors (Firepower Nandina, Blue Star Fescue, Gold Mop Juniper), flowers (chrysanthemums, pansies, violas), heights (Morning Light and Hameln grasses; Juniper, Spruce, and Arborvitae trees), and textures (Lavender, Lamb’s Ear).  

As successful as the project turned out, there were many hurdles along the way that kept everyone on their toes.  As is the case with many projects where the landscape installation has to occur simultaneously and alongside the actual construction of the restaurant, all of the delivery and installation of the planters and plant material had to coincide and coexist with the delivery/installation of everything that goes in the restaurant itself (tables, chairs, kitchen equipment, art, etc.).  This installation turned out to be not only fun but successful, and that’s a great way to describe the staff, food, and drinks at Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant!

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