Mezze, taking over the old Sona space, is set to open -- pending permits -- later this month. Less than a month ago, the place was coming right along. Now, with shiny new furnishings, a breath-taking skylight and full bar, the place is ready for its close-up.
What was once the dim and staid dining room of Sona is now a lightbox with plenty of terra cotta reds, muddy browns and rustic ironwork thanks to Waldo Fernandez. The Feast reports that he used "Venetian plaster on the walls, handcrafted tiles from Morocco and reclaimed wood flooring from a Lebanese chateau." Fernandez kept things interesting by incorporating diverse dining elements into the design: a chef’s counter, pizza bar and a private chef’s tasting room will compete for attention.
Chef Micah Wexler (formerly Craft and New York's L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon) will be in the kitchen, making (what else?) mezze inspired by the cuisines of Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco and Turkey. Prices are set in the moderate range, but won't approach the triple-digit Sona tasting menu department.