At Park, Old Meets New

This Harvard Square spot gets a new name — and a new look.


(Photo by Bob O’Connor)

Patrick Lee wanted to make some changes to Redline, his subterranean Harvard Square spot. Changing the name — to Park — was easy. The hard part? “It’s not the space that a restaurant owner would say, ‘Oh, I want that basement with the low ceilings and the smaller kitchen,’” he says. So Lee set out to “take those negatives and turn them into positives.” He enlisted super-designer Peter Niemitz (the brains behind local hangouts Russell House Tavern and Toro) to create an inviting, masculine-meets-industrial interior. It’s accented with vintage objects from Cambridge Antiques, ’30s-inspired sconces, and barstools sporting custom upholstery. Use this cheat sheet to achieve the carefully crafted look in your own space.

How to re-create the space:


Photograph by Scott M. Lacey.

Antique books
$95 per yard, Hudson

Photograph by Scott M. Lacey.

Black vintage globe
$75, Sault New England


Photograph by Bob O’Connor.

1930s-style adjustable pulley sconce
$550, Restoration Hardware


Photograph by Scott M. Lacey.

Eric Cohler collection fabric
$198 per yard, Lee Jofa showroom, Boston Design Center


Photograph by Bob O’Connor.

“Earl” tufted leather chair
$2,390 (for grade “g” leather), Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams


Photograph by Scott M. Lacey.

Lincrusta “Elizabeth” wall covering
Price varies, Kravet Fabrics, Boston Design Center