Restaurateur trio Oskar Melzer, James Ardinast and David Ardinast have just opened their latest venture, this time in Berlin. Like its predecessors, Louis Pretty takes its name from a historic mobster, but the atmosphere and food are anything but shady. It’s perhaps the most elegant deli we’ve ever set our eyes on: burnt orange walls and pink upholstered seating made with Kvadrat fabric juxtapose the light blue tabletops that resemble the glittering surface of a swimming pool. David Hockney’s 1967 piece “A Bigger Splash” was an inspiration for the interior colours, as was the painting’s backdrop: Palm Springs Modernism. Seemingly as a tribute to the choice pastrami sammies, matzah ball soup, pickled gherkins and other Jewish-American favourites, the only piece of “art” that’s hung is a framed, autographed Seinfeld cast photo.
“For us, the whole package—including the interior design, materials, food concept, staff and even the music in the deli—has to be well-rounded and must represent our idea of a contemporary deli,” he says. “Each of our locations has its own character, depending on the overall concept and of course on the city, district and street where it is located. We think it’s building a great contrast to the Ritterstrasse area, a quite unremarkable, but old school and charming street in Kreuzberg.”