Lori Bongiorno

by Lori Bongiorno

Principal, Director - Commercial Studio

Do you remember the Chintz Room?

  • NOVEMBER 05, 2014
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Do any of you remember going to the Chintz Room as a child?

It was on the 5th floor of the Lazarus Building downtown and was a destination for lunching ladies for decades. My mom remembers taking the bus from Worthington with my Grandma to Lazarus in the 50's for a day of shopping and lunch at the Chintz Room. She took me when I was little to see Santa at Lazarus and then to lunch at the Chintz Room. It holds special meaning to many people around Columbus and we were lucky enough to be part of re-creating it on the first floor of the renovated Lazarus Building. We had been working with CDDC on developing a restaurant concept that they could sell to an operator to fill the last vacancy along High Street, when they approached Liz Lessner about the project. She said she was only interested if they would agree to recreate the Chintz Room.

The space was designed with a Hollywood Art Deco style and is filled with vintage chandeliers from old Columbus theaters, as well as original Lazarus Building Artifacts, including a window box from the 1930's, light fixtures at the bar from the original Chintz Room, and original photos and paintings. If you've been to any of Liz's other unique restaurants around town (Dirty Franks, Betty's, Torpedo Room, Grass Skirt, Surly Girl), you can expect a lot to look.

The good news is, The Chintz Room officially opened this week!  Happy Hour anyone? See you there!

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Lori Bongiorno

by Lori Bongiorno

Principal, Director - Commercial Studio

Lori has been with M+A for more than two decades and recently became a partner. When she's not working on mixed-use projects, she loves cooking and hanging out with her daughters.