Over 70 years after the Glenn Miller Orchestra memorialized Hotel Pennsylvania’s telephone number, the Pennsylvania 6 bistro is restoring the Manhattan exchange to popular currency along the East Coast.

Restaurateurs Brian Harrington and Gary Cardi just this week opened the Pennsylvania 6 bistro and raw bar in New York City. In the fall of 2012, they also called in Lighthouse Architecture to reformat Philadelphia’s former Tweed restaurant into a partner venue for their concept.

“Our goal was to reformat without reconstructing,” explains Lighthouse founder and principal architect Peter Porretta.

The Lighthouse team produced an interior design to change the aesthetic while leveraging the Washington Square West site’s infrastructure, which has also housed such notable eateries as Les Bons Temps and Odeon. The Philadelphia firm also provided engineering and general architectural services.

For Pennsylvania 6’s main bar, with its rotating selection of craft beers on tap, Lighthouse selected natural oak, stained black, and antique mirrors. Porretta’s team designated painted beadboard paneling and subway tile for the walls, with mosaic tile around the oyster bar.

The red tufted mohair velvet banquette seatbacks establish the “comfortable traditional bar feel” behind the PEnnsylvania 6 concept, Porretta says.

Now under construction, the Philadelphia venue for Pennsylvania 6 will offer local diners a nostalgic atmosphere and upscale eating experience in the spring of 2013.


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