With Voltaggio heading out, The Langham moves forward on new concept for its restaurant

Celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio is leaving The Langham Huntington in July, but the renovation of the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant is going ahead as scheduled, said Langham spokeswoman Elsa Schelin.
These renderings, the “latest sketches” provided by The Langham, give a glimpse into the future look of the as-yet-unnamed restaurant.
The Dining Room will close July 18 and is slated to reopen in early October — now, with a new chef at its helm.
Atlanta-based architecture and design firm The Johnson Studio is leading the remodel.
It’s not the first time the kitchen’s leadership has changed since the hotel began planning the renovations. Bill Johnson, head of the design firm, noted in an e-mailed statement that the restaurant redesign project started when chef Craig Strong was still in The Dining Room’s top spot.
“The arrival of Michael Voltaggio with his success on ‘Top Chef’ brought new energy, and we had a great time working with his ideas and tweaking the design to reflect his style and his cooking,” Johnson said. “While we are sad to see him go, we are excited about the space that we are creating and look forward to working with the new chef through the construction and the finishing touches. We are confident that our design reflects the forward thinking vision and direction of the Langham brand and we are eager for the city of Pasadena to experience this exciting new restaurant.”

The hotel bar is also included in the renovation. (The three renderings below represent the bar’s indoor and patio space.)
Voltaggio said in a recent interview that “modern elegance” is the goal of the transformation. “What Bill’s famous for is taking a space and renovating it in a way that you still recognize what it used to be.” Voltaggio said. “… That’s what Bill’s good at and I think that’s what he’ll do here; He’ll take what this restaurant was 10 or 15 or 20 years ago when it was renovated and let it have the same impact sort of into the next era.”
The following photos from The Johnson Studio portfolio show some of the firm’s completed designs in other luxury hotels and upscale eateries around the country:
  • Cibo Matto, theWIT Hotel, Chicago
An upscale restaurant featuring modern Italian cuisine, the space is flexible enough to accommodate a party of two in the central settees or larger groups at the chef’s table near the kitchen or in the private dining room. A large ceiling mural in the dining room depicts a windy spring day in Chicago. In the bar area, patrons find an attention-grabbing custom, round wine tower.
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  • Bistro Niko Brasserie, Atlanta
The design mirrors the atmosphere of a Paris brasserie. The Johnson Studio worked closely with restaurant operator, Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, to include authentic, antique Parisian elements.
  • Lumen, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
After reinventing the bar and lounge experience, the space now has the feel of Hollywood glamour. Guests at the hotel immediately see the contemporary space upon entering the main foyer.
  • ROOF, theWIT Hotel, Chicago
On the 27th floor of the hotel, this space is marked by stunning views of the city and fiery centerpieces that inspire warmth, even on cold and windy days. Guests look through a transparent glass railing onto a scenic skyline, like moving artwork, from day into night.
  • Fearing’s Restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
Gathering areas include the relaxed and cozy Rattlesnake Bar, the lounge adjacent to the bar, the main dining room with the chef’s kitchen and the upscale gallery dining room for more formal occasions.
  • Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Paris Resort, Las Vegas
Elevated above the Las Vegas strip, guests take an elevator to the restaurant and are led past the kitchen and its array of fresh produce, where they make their dinner selections. It’s after choosing their fare that visitors are seated.
(Renderings courtesy The Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa / Photos courtesy The Johnson Studio)

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