berlin: louis pretty restaurant opening

© louis pretty / photography: steve herud

after setting up a handful of stylish venues in frankfurt and berlin, hospitality entrepreneurs paul baueroskar melzer and james ardinast are at it again. the german trio have shifted their focus back to the german capital to launch a new deli in the heart of the kreuzberg area. and similar to their previous venues, this one also has a quirky design angle. while its louis pretty name is playfully inspired by louis 'pretty' amberga 1930s jewish gangster from new york cityit features a setting that takes cues from david hockney's iconic painting a bigger splash and the city that inspired it: palm springs. bauer and melzer took care of the interior and collaborated with frankfurt-based architecture practice philipp mainzer. against a backdrop of bright red walls, pink-clad seating lines one side of the premises, paired with contrasting blue laminate table tops that intentionally mimic a pristine southern california swimming pool. topping off the bold style statement are houdini e15 chairs.

interestingly, the design makes use of the underwhelming street outside by framing it in grand cinema style, allowing peeks of a concrete stairwell each time the light there is switched on. louis pretty's menu has been drafted by master chef joe passarella, and features homemade specialities based on the jewish-american cuisine of the past, albeit tweaked here and there to suit modern flavours. mind you, the pastrami will be traditionally served in several varieties on rye bread with coleslaw, pickled gherkins and mustard. the brisket is cured for four weeks, then smoked for a several hours, cooked and then finally marinated. other food options range from other meat sandwiches, and matzah ball soup, to salad with roasted cauliflower and homemade desserts. louis pretty is open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, accommodating your cravings any time of the day. location: ritterstrasse 2 [kreuzberg].

© louis pretty / photography: steve herud