When I arrived in Paris last month, everyone immediately told me that I needed to visit the new oyster and cocktail bar, Le Mary Celeste, in the Marais. After a day spent wandering the angular streets of the Marais, circling back on the same streets by accident, I finally came across the curve of rue Commines, and just at its point was Le Mary Celeste. An open bar at the end of a triangular block with a pale blue exterior—a calm setting for a tired-footed traveler.
The owners, New Yorker's Josh Fontaine, Adam Tsou, and Colombian-born Carina Soto Velasquez Tsou previously worked with David Rager and Cheri Messerli of Weekends on the nearby Taqueria Candelaria (it's a small world). After the success of Candelaria, the trio and the duo paired up once again to design the interior of Le Mary Celeste, which is located in a former video editing office. The restaurant has a nautical vibe: rope coiled around columns, white-washed brick and seafoam green paint, and a tropical mural of a toucan. Top it off with slow Elvis ballads rotating in a vintage LP player in the back of the room—you'd swear that you were in a coastal village somewhere, and not deep in the streets of Paris.
Photography by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.
Above: Fontaine described the origin of new restaurant's namesake to Vogue in February: "It was a boat in the 19th century that left New York carrying a cargo of pure alcohol and then was found adrift, all provisions on board, except for the crew."
Above: Large windows are on either side of the restaurant make for an open air feel.
Above: On the menus, typography by Rager and collages on the back by Rosemarie Auberson.
Above: The interior, formerly a video editing office, was stripped down by Rager and Messerli, who built it back up again from scratch.
Above: The brick was reclaimed from building sites around the area and whitewashed.
Above: The modular hex tables, barstools, and slatted backlit banquettes were all custom-built. The stained glass window designs were all done by Messerli.
Above L: Glassware is wrangled with rope, tied together with proper nautical knots. Above R: Basic rope is tightly wrapped around the restaurant's columns.
Above: A vintage stereo setup is matched with vintage LPs.
Above: A bucket of just-watered succulents behind the bar.
Above: Whitewashed bricks are color-blocked with seafoam green paint. The lighting is by LA-based artist Heather Levine.
Above: Watercolor flags hang above the back stairs.
Above: White chevron parquet, on the ceiling.
Above: The deck flooring that surrounds the bar along with the bar top are made from wood palettes that were previously used for shaping cement forms.
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