Ding dong, the wicked sign is gone.
You know the one I’m talking about. The Portugalia sign – that garish Ed Hardy-tattoo-esque design (that yes, included a cross) painted two stories tall over the now shuttered club on Newport Avenue – has finally been removed, thanks to Tim Spann and the folks at Cohn Restaurant Group.
Spann, who is in charge of signage and some of the interior design for the new OB Warehouse, aided in taking down the old and now out-dated sign – which lorded over the upstanding exteriors of Newport Avene like an hulking gargoyle. Its reign over the village is finally over, as the new “OB Warehouse” sign went up on Wednesday.
We got a sneak peek inside the new place, which Spann estimates will be ready to open “in a few weeks.”
From the looks of things inside, that might be an optimistic estimate. Still, the place is coming along.
What we do know:
- It is indeed a warehouse theme, with a metallic antique feel that should produce a gritty vibe to go with the street taco-themed menu.
- “It was originally going to be an automotive theme, but it’s now a warehouse style,” Spann said.
- The kitchen will be separated by an Airstream trailer that designer Philippe Beltran transported from Kansas.
- There will be outdoor seating in the back, or at least an open-air patio that will have seating.
- There will be an elevator to the second floor, where all dining will take place.
- The first floor will partially be used for storage and potentially rented out to a separate business.
- The bathrooms have a lot of oil cans. And the Cohn Group’s signature co-ed sink system (think BO-Beau, only more sink space).
We’re still waiting to hear back from the Cohns’ PR people on an exact opening date. Until then, check out some pics of the interior.