September 12, 2011

il vecchio

il vecchio is a restaurant I built and designed in Pacific Grove, California, in 2011. It is over 2,000 square feet and built with ninety-five percent recycled and salvaged materials that I gathered from all across the country. I spent seven months in CA, living there and building seven days a week, using the materials collected from Brooklyn NY, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and California.  This restaurant was essentially the beginning of my blog, career, and love for building furniture.See more photographs on my website.














































































































































 


































Here are our very first paying customers, who waited outside the door for half an hour before we opened, and then ordered five pasta dishes between the two of them -- and ate every last bite. 









































19 comments:

  1. This whole journey has been beautiful to watch. Thank you so much for sharing it. You have really made something special here, and that last photo of your name carved in the wood is a really moving way to sum it all up.

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  2. I have tears in my eyes from seeing this last pic. Congrats!

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  3. Beautiful! I've been following for awhile. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner in the restuarant this weekend. Food was delicious, and it was so moving to meet you and your sister and to see the hard work you have put into this project. Your love and dedication shows. Thank you so much for sharing your passion with all of us. I can't wait to go back for more!

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  5. the process and the result are gorgeous! can't wait to try out the food and see it for myself.

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  6. seeing the painting on the mantel, along with the flowers and your farewell graffitum -- brought the beginning and the end together so beautifully. this was an epic saga. i have to think some more about what such an interior (the sunlight touching the customers is something else) means. with many thanks and all good wishes for your future projects.

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  7. Incredible Ariele! You should be so proud of your work. And thanks for taking us along via this blog.

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  8. Wonderful, thank you for sharing your journey. I have been following from Australia and right from the beginning of the journey across the States I loved travelling along with you. I will miss your quirky ideas and photos. I hope that you share your next project in the same way.

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  9. Ana, from SpainSeptember 13, 2011

    I have followed your adventure from Spain.
    It's so beautiful...!
    And his story it's so exciting...!

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  10. Congratulations. I've been following from day one. Pity can't visit though.
    Khalid (a Sudanese in UAE :-)

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous. Huge congrats.

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  12. You nailed it. Thanks to you and your pop for making me feel so welcome when I rolled down. Miss you! Call me when you come back to California!

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  13. congrats girls!!!! such a wonderful job you did!!!! can't wait to visit you there!!!! xxx

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  14. two hazels momSeptember 21, 2011

    bittersweet.
    it is difficult to calibrate the power of transformation within a space and more difficult to celebrate within when the process is finished, as the process has forwarded our interior life into the future and holds no place.

    with time, another wave of creativity will arrive. and your process will continue. it is even now, as you clean your studio....

    looking forward to sitting together with you and Z and many of us who silently cheered you on throughout the summer, at lots of your little-
    but- huge tables, making one larger soon, for comfort food.

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  15. I've just found your blog and have been reading for a half an hour! You are incredible. Your restaurant is beautiful. I wish you every success....

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  16. Fantastic job, girls!! It turned out so beautiful! You should be very proud! Keep writing about future projects. Thank you for the adventure!

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  17. I need a steak :) If I lived in the neighbourhood, I would dine at you place for the whole week.

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  18. Oh my goodness. I've been "stalking" you on Instagram and enjoy so much seeing the world and your work through your lens. And this restaurant is too much - so much beauty. The decor, the food, the spirit that shines through. I can imagine the perfect storm that it took to get a place to come together as this one seems to have. We live a couple hours away but will be sure to get in there on one of our next trips up "north". God speed to you and your vision! Best, C.

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  19. That is amazing. I have read all the blog from the beginning, I almost cried on this part:) It's so beautiful!

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