Brooklyn-based Home Studio renovated the Montauk bar and restaurant, taking an “intentionally minimal approach” using materials such as whitewashed stucco, glazed tiles, and reclaimed wood. Ta.
Formerly known as Bird on the Roof, the venue reopened as The Bird earlier this year with a complete interior design by Home Studio.
The space is run by the team behind Daunt’s Albatross Motel across the street, which Home Studio completely renovated the previous year. The menu was created by Chef Marcos Martínez Perez, and the drink program was created by Sofia DePasquale.
”[The clients’] “The goal was to celebrate over 40 years of beloved Montauk heritage and infuse a sense of familial warmth and hospitality throughout the experience and design,” the team said.
“The purpose of this space is to recreate the spirit of old Montauk and provide a welcoming home away from home for visitors and locals alike to gather at any time of year, regardless of the season.”
The A-frame building that houses the restaurant in the center of town has a white bird painted on the side of its roof, hence its original name.
The interior is divided into two parts, one with a bar area and the other with a restaurant, connected by a case-like opening.
The muted color palette throughout the space reflects that used in Daunt’s Albatross and is based on a natural coastal environment.
Home Studio describes it as “a spectrum of whites, warm greys, browns, faded yellows, rust colors, and ocean blues.”
In the bar area, red brick is laid in a basketweave pattern across the floor, and the maroon hue is continued by the leather covering the built-in seating and stool tops.
The floor in the dining area has been replaced with reclaimed wood, the settee cushions are upholstered in yellow, and the included vintage chairs all have slightly different designs.
“The restaurant takes a deliberately minimal approach to furniture, lighting and decor, allowing materiality to shine on its own,” Home Studio said.
Blue-gray glazed ceramic tiles frame the windows and doors, and pale white tiles cover the front of the bar counter.
The bathroom has the same white tile and is accessed through a powder blue door, but with red grout for a more contemporary twist.
Both The Bird and Daunt’s Albatross are run by third-generation owners Leo Daunt and his sister Zoe. She grew up in the town and wanted to restore both properties to their former glory while retaining the feel of her neighborhood.
“Open all year round, changing its appearance with each season, [The Bird] “We will proudly carry on its legacy as a community staple and true Montauk landmark,” the team said.
Located on the eastern tip of Long Island, Montauk is a popular summer vacation destination for New Yorkers as a more affordable alternative to the nearby Hamptons.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t spacious beach houses, such as a gray wood-covered house by Disscience Lab or a mansion with a pool by Bates Masi.
Home Studios was founded by Oliver Haslegrave in 2009 and has since completed a variety of hospitality projects across the United States.
Recent renovations include a marine-inspired bar and restaurant on Nantucket and an Italian restaurant near Harvard University filled with plush booths and banquettes.
Photographed by Brian W. Ferry.