Bambara gets facelift for 10th anniversary

We knew folks were going under the knife (Heidi Montag) earlier and earlier.

But age 10.

Well that's a little early.

Or maybe not.

...To kick off celebration of its 10th anniversary, Hotel Monaco's signature restaurant Bambara has undergone a refresh with a whole new look.

Located in the historic Continental Bank lobby, Bambara strikes a balance between classic detailing and contemporary elegance with a casual approach.

First voted Salt Lake City’s Best Restaurant in 2000 and again in 2010, Bambara remains the leader in Salt Lake's culinary community.

Bambara's new look includes nods to the building’s history as a bank through elements such as the historic safe door which was discovered tucked away in the downstairs kitchen, decorative safety-deposit box artwork and a penny-clad host stand.

(Pix still under wraps — but we'll add next week as soon as we get the go-ahead!)

A stainless steel wine cabinet filled with wine bottles dipped in brilliant gold was inspired by old safety deposit boxes. This wine vault entry features two bar-height communal tables, and is the perfect spot to sit, see, and be seen.

The grand arched windows and historic glass, brass and travertine marble of the original landmark blend stylishly with the new design, reflecting the building's historic roots while adding a contemporary flair.

While the building’s exterior retains its original cornices, sculpted faces of Norse Gods and slate gray bricks, the interior of the elegant space has been transformed with an entirely new kind of energy and artful design. The focus is on the prominent black and white marble exhibition kitchen—a stunning focal point and major element in the overall design. Guests can be entertained by watching Chef Powers and his team in action at new elevated tables nearby.

The black and white layers of stone are reflected in the new furniture and carpeting throughout the restaurant. Walls have been washed in a pearl color, creating a contemporary glow. An all-new sleek black and white palette of colors has been used.

The updated Chairman’s Office, a perfect place for private dining or private events, was the original Chairman’s office dating back to 1924 when the space was the historic Continental Bank. This stunning wood-paneled space features a mysterious wooden staircase, reclaimed wood tables, and a large portrait of the Chairman at his desk. A wall of round coin portraits is made up of coins taken from worldwide currencies. Club Bambara, on the other end of the restaurant, is a favorite gathering place for locals and out-of-town guests to gather and celebrate.

Design was completed by The Puccini Group in San Francisco. Principle designers for Bambara's "refresh" project: Robert Polacek – Creative Director; Jane Humphrey McGoldrick –Project Manager/Senior Designer; Felipe Roa – Senior Designer; and Grace Mac - FF&E designer.

Executive Chef Nathan Powers and Bambara restaurant recently received top awards from Salt Lake magazine at the annual Dining Awards. The magazine named Executive Chef Nathan Powers Salt Lake City's Best Chef and Bambara the Best SLC Restaurant. Powers has been cooking with the culinary industry’s best in some of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants for more than 20 years, including Jeremiah Towers’ Stars, Hawthorne Lane, and Mark Franz’s Farallon.

Bambara is noted as being home of the daily three-course Power(s) lunch, "a downtown staple" with choice of soup or salad and entree with a cookie to take back to the office and the "3 for $33" nightly three-course offerings. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (801) 363-5454 or visit or Bambara is located at 202 South Main Street.

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