No. 246 by Smith Hanes

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No. 246 (Insiders pronounce the name TWO FOUR SIX) is a 3500 square foot 125 seat bistro in a quaint historic  neighborhood near metro Atlanta, Georgia. Owned by successful restauranteurs Ford Fry and Drew Belline,  246 is in Decatur, a town  fast becoming known as a Mecca for great food in a walking-friendly town center.

No. 246 (named for the city lot number on which the restaurant sits)  was designed by Smith Hanes as a classic bistro, a place to eat often; lunch with colleagues, a place for an afternoon espresso, or a romantic dinner spot.    The dining room features patinated brass mirrors, hand blown “edision” pendant lights and dramatic sculpted light fixtures 30 inches in diameter down the middle of the room leading to the open kitchen.

The zinc tables are set with dishtowel napkins and water glasses cut from reclaimed wine bottles.  Vintage Swedish copper light fixtures were repurposed holding heat lamps in the chef’s pass.

Guests enter off the busy street through the light filled bar where wire mesh covered lights held on pendulant metal arms hang above the 26 foot long bar. The bar has been named by insiders the “Black Sheep” bar…. referring to the portraits of the Suffolk sheep left and right of the bar proper.  Round bistro tables were constructed of reclaimed blackboard wrapped with a zinc band, on vintage table base from a closed speakeasy. Cellar temperature wine cooler stores 480 bottles of select wines.

In a dramatic color combination of deep grays and cream, Hanes saved the  original brick walls and painted them…customers most always comment on the industrial-sized steel fans in custom cages whirling overhead.

Paneled plaster walls are covered in Tadelakt lime plaster, while Brickworks glazed brick tile adds texture to the service areas in the kitchen and waiter’s service stations. An Italian Acunto pizza oven in the open kitchen is covered in the same tile, where Chef Drew Belline crafts homemade pizza, producing brilliantly flavorful pizza and pasta combinations that change seasonally.  No. 246 is becoming known for their creative drink program,  an antipasti presentation they call “toasts” and a delicious wood roasted chicken.

As one neighbor commented, “It feels like an instant classic.”

Branding for the restaurant and website were designed by Alvin Diec.

Source: Smith Hanes


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