Restaurant goes eclectic and exotic

Jez Abbott
Tuesday 12 Feb 2019

East met west in Boston recently with the opening of a new restaurant.

Nahita in Boston’s Back Bay district serves Asian- and Latin American-inspired cuisine amid soaring arches and a vibrant tropical vibe.

The double-height venue takes creative cues from historic architectural detail and was the brainchild of Turkish designer Zeynep Fadillioglu and architecture and interiors firm Dyer Brown.

Nahita graces the first floor of the historic Boston Gas Company building at 100 Arlington Street - now a high-end apartment building known as The Arlington.

Diners enjoy dishes such as nikkei, a Peruvian-Japanese fusion, in a space defined by original stone columns and plaster ceilings with custom print wallpaper and Italian marble. 

Dyer Brown drew on deep experience in hospitality design, adaptive reuse, property repositioning, specialty finishes and expertise on key preservation approvals.

Such input was critical for a building in a neighborhood eligible for status on the National Register of Historic Places.

Adding metal arches to the former lobby and celebrating its high ceilings offered a light, airy feel. Ruddy wall finishes, chic pendant lighting, tile accents and furnishings in rich brown leather add to the cozy, speakeasy vibe. 

Off the main dining area is a marble-wrapped bar as well as a private dining room lined in rich, dark wood and marble over ceramic tile floors.

“Patrons relax in a mix of formal and lounge-style seating seemingly worlds away from our city's hustle and bustle,” said Deniz Ferendeci, director of asset design and support for Dyer Brown.

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