My friends told me they wanted to go out for lunch to celebrate my birthday and also my friend's engagement. We didn't know where we wanted to go until one of them eventually suggested to visit Three Arts Club Cafe at Restoration Hardware, located in the Gold Coast. I have seen so many photos of this cafe posted on Instagram and wasn't sure when I was going to visit, but I knew I had to check out this beautiful space filled with daylight, greenery, and an atmosphere that looked very comfy and relaxing.
Originally, the 101 year-old building was a residence and social nexus for young female artists. It was empty and neglected until 2003 when Restoration Hardware took over (Source). The "three arts" refer to music, painting, and drama. The club, modeled on the Three Arts Club of New York, was founded in 1912. In 1914 the club commissioned their own building, designed by architects Holabird & Roche. Over 13,000 women had stayed in the club (Source). I thought it would be wonderful to check out the space.
When we got there, the wait was two hours long, but we took some time to walk through the furniture gallery. I've been to a few Restoration Hardware locations, but this one was set up pretty nicely. Once our wait was over, we finally sat down to order. The couches were extremely comfortable and we immediately felt relaxed. My friends ordered grilled cheese sandwiches and I ordered the smoked salmon. They also ordered some cappuccinos while we waited for our food.
Three Arts Club Cafe (Source)
(Right) How the courtyard looked before Restoration Hardware moved in. (Source)
I wasn't able to take a shot of the overall space, but I took some of our food. I hate being one of those people that's always snapping photos of my food, because I would much rather dig in and eat up. But the presentation was so beautiful here, that I really needed to take my camera out.
The caramel cappuccinos were delicious and, of course, beautiful. Even though it was super busy, the drinks and the food were brought to us very quickly. My friends and I enjoyed talking and laying back on the couches. I think we might have made ourselves more at home than most people do at this place, but we couldn't help it!
The branding for Three Arts Club is also beautiful. The simplicity in the menu was not only nice to look at, but easy and straight forward to understand. The menu isn't too big, but whatever is on there, is very tasty! The furniture, branding, lighting, waterfall, and food were all on point. The two hour wait was definitely worth it.
My smoked salmon was beyond delicious. It was brought out on a board and consisted of Texas toast, cucumbers, and cream cheese. I absolutely loved it and felt super satisfied after my meal. I would highly recommend this place for a nice cup of coffee, a date, and pretty much any other reason. The history of the building itself is also interesting. I wish I could see how the space looked when it was actually used as an arts club. Restoration Hardware isn't exactly my taste of furniture, but if you have the wallet to snatch something from the furniture gallery, then I guess you can get furniture here too :)
*All photographs were taken by Fariha Wajid, unless otherwise stated.