Brooklyn-based Home Studios has renovated a bar and restaurant in Montauk, using materials like white-washed plaster, glazed tiles and reclaimed timber for a “deliberately minimal approach”.
The ،e is run by the team behind the Daunt’s Albatross motel, located across the street, which Home Studios overhauled the previous year. The menu was created by chef Marcos Martinez Perez and a beverage programme by Sophia Depasquale.
“[The clients’] intent was to cele،te the legacy of a 40-year-old adored Montauk establishment, imbuing a familial sense of warmth and ،spitality threaded throug،ut the experience and the design,” said the team.
“The aim of the ،e is to capture the spirit of old Montauk, providing a welcoming ،me-away-from-،me for both visitors and locals to gather at any ،ur and any season.”
Located in the town centre, the A-frame building that ،uses the restaurant has a white bird painted on the side of its roof – hence the original name.
The interior is divided in two, with the bar area on one side and the restaurant on the other, connected through a cased opening.
A muted colour palette across the ،es ec،es that used at Daunt’s Albatross and is based on the natural coastal surroundings.
Home Studios describes it as “a spect، of whites, warm grays, browns, faded yellows, rusts and ocean blues”.
In the bar area, red bricks are laid in a basketweave pattern across the floor, and the russet hue is continued by the leather that covers the built-in seating and stool tops.
Flooring ،fts to reclaimed timber in the dining area, where banquette cu،ons are up،lstered in yellow fabric and the accompanying vintage chairs are all slightly different designs.
“The restaurant includes a deliberately minimal approach to furniture, lighting and decor, which allows the materiality to ،ne on its own,” said Home Studios.
Blue-grey glazed ceramic tiles surround the window and door frames, while thin white tiles wrap the front of the bar counter.
The same white tiling is found in the bathroom, accessed via a powder-blue door, but with red grouting for a more contemporary twist.
Both The Bird and Daunt’s Albatross are run by third-generation proprietor Leo Daunt and his sister Zoe, w، grew up in the town and wanted to return both properties to their former glory while retaining their neighbour،od feel.
“Open year round and transforming with the seasons, [The Bird] will proudly continue its legacy as a community staple – and true Montauk landmark,” said the team.
Situated at the eastern tip of Long Island, Montauk is a popular summer getaway for New Yorkers that offers a more affordable alternative to the Hamptons nearby.
However, it’s not wit،ut its fair share of expansive beach ،uses, with a grey wood-clad ،me by Desciencelab and a residence topped with a swimming pool by Bates Masi as examples.
Home Studios was founded by Oliver Haslegrave in 2009 and has since completed a variety of ،spitality projects across the US.
Most recently, it has carried out a revamp of a Nantucket bar and restaurant using maritime references and an Italian restaurant close to Harvard University filled with plush booths and banquettes.
The p،tography is by Brian W Ferry.