When Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino needed to revitalize its signature restaurant, The Western Door Steakhouse, they called us to lead the $5 million renovation. Aiming to attract a younger audience without alienating the existing customer base, the high-energy venue was redesigned to provide a modern yet timeless atmosphere with sweeping views of the casino floor. Defined by two zones, The Bistro and The Chophouse, the 185-seat restaurant allows guests to bask in the casino’s energy from the comfort of an upscale, intimate setting.
Upon entering the 7,300-square-foot restaurant, guests find The Bistro, a contemporary and inviting destination for guests to indulge in craft cocktails, sit down for a quick bite or enjoy a late-night dinner. Acting as an introduction to The Chophouse, the interior features rich textures and glowing elements with sparkling lighting details that transition from day to night. Custom decorative bracketed sconces create a warm setting over the banquette seating. A large, internally-lit, wine display acts as a beacon, drawing guests further into the space and providing a stunning visual backdrop that allows guests to peek into The Chophouse beyond.
To enter The Chophouse, guests walk through an amber glowing portal, where an eye-catching central 4-arm custom ceiling pendant sets the mood. Lushly tufted banquettes, walnut tones, and warm lighting fill the room, while pop-out areas and a whiskey room provide framed views overlooking the casino floor. Additional features include a full-height whiskey wall, a large private dining room, and a window revealing an inside glimpse of the kitchen.
Design continuity between The Bistro and The Chophouse is accentuated through wood wall paneling with brass and mirror accents. A lighting control system with four preset light scenes responding to an astronomic time clock allows for smooth transitions as the evening progresses.
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