A Former Chocolate Factory Houses This Southern Restaurant


Vintage typography printed upon antique mirrors back a restaurant bar

Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee

For The Iberian Pig’s entrée into the Nashville market, Atlanta restaurateur Federico Castellucci III called on Smith Hanes—whose design firm had been fashioning his personal residence—to adapt the brand identity of his Spanish-centric eatery. “Fred wanted rich, dark, sexy,” explains Hanes, whose scheme alongside colleague Lauren Boudreau took shape within a converted 1920s chocolate factory.

Here, the plummy tones of the Buckhead outpost deepened to a warm maroon, and the golden ochres metamorphosed into acid green. Custom details by local fabricators abound: from the lush velvet banquettes by Kings Commercial Interiors to the vintage typography printed upon antique mirrors by Blue Door Framing. To finish, an array of Mill & Forge and Janke Studios light fixtures imbue the destination with a fiery warmth that beguiles guests through five distinct spaces—culminating in the lively rooftop boîte.