ISSUE 21  |  On the Lawn

A Green Wall Grows in Brooklyn: Colonie Restaurant

May 22, 2012 8:30 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

A trio of restaurateurs colonizes a strip of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights; the crowds are coming in droves.

Founders Elise Rosenberg, Emelie Kihlstrom and Tamer Hamawi, who opened Colonie in February, raised money from a Kickstarter campaign to get the restaurant off the ground; they worked with architect Alex Meyers of MADesign, who used reclaimed materials throughout the interior (banquettes are made from repurposed church pews). For more information, go to Colonie.

Above: The lush vertical garden (edible herbs are included in the mix) is the work of Woodland Landscapes.

Above: Meyers used reclaimed wood throughout the project.

Above: Above the bar, a reclaimed mirror found locally provides a reflective glimmer.

Above: Steel industrial stools serve as counter seating.

Above: The light fixture is made from a repurposed steel beam found on the roof of the building.