“dedicated to serving the best possible local ingredients”
The Boiler Room Restaurant is called that because the space was the boiler room providing heat for the 120 year old Bemis Bag Building . The construction of steel posts and girders, brick walls and reinforced concrete ceilings was designed to isolate and fireproof the room. A part of the street level floor remained like a balcony overlooking the boiler dramatically, theatrically. Over the years and decades, especially since the Bemis Bag Company, which manufactured all sorts of bags for produce moved out, the paint on brick walls, steel posts and beams, and concrete ceilings wore off, chipped off, leaving variegated, stained, rusted, paint splotched, flaked, eroded surfaces, the beautiful texture of ruins. Most buildings, perhaps even paintings, are at their best during construction and in a state of decay. It is recommended in matters of restoration, of works of art, sculpture fragments and historic buildings to repair rather than replace original elements where possible and to distinguish clearly between the new and the original elements. So, within the limits of safety and hygiene, we tried to preserve as much as possible the romantic state of decay, the varied texture of aging and weathering. One may note the irregular coloration of Italian plastered houses, even those with more ordinary grayish yellowish coloration, as opposed to drearier uniform gray or even ocher plastered facades of northern Europe. As a set piece for the dining experience, the warmth and patina of the space stand in compliment to the crispness of service, the freshness of product, the panoply of beverage, and the eagerness to curate the most important mission of the restaurant: hospitality.
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