The Anaheim White House, a posh OC Italian steakhouse owned by humanitarian/chef Sir Bruno Serato, has been nominated for the Judges Special Award of Excellence for its architectural and interior design. KTGY Architecture oversaw the project that was completed by La Placa Construction after the restaurant burned to the ground in mid-2017. The restaurant is among 3 nominees vying for the prestigious honor, which will be presented at the Golden Nugget Awards on May 31.
Widely regarded as the “Oscars of the building industry.” the Golden Nugget Awards is sponsored by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, the industry’s leading professional organization. It is the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind in the nation, honoring: design and planning achievements in community and home design; green-built housing; site planning; commercial, retail, mixed-use development; and specialty housing categories.
KTGY and La Placa’s aim was to revive the 1909 Colonial-style mansion and bring it back to its former glory. The main floor of the restaurant is set aside for proper dining with 11 rooms, 8 of which may be closed off for private affairs. Upstairs are 3 additional rooms for dining and/or private events as well as the BBar, bar/lounge. The West Wing adjoins the restaurant, boasts a Versailles-like mirror and is a popular event venue.
Among the restaurant’s design elements: Resina flooring, Versace-inspired dining tables and chairs and a distinctive glass, stone and gem adorned fireplace. Hand-painted frescos featuring replications of master artists appear throughout. Upstairs, the sleek BBar boasts a dynamic cobalt blue and crisp white color palette and, in keeping with the dining room’s theme, more Versace-inspired dining tables and chairs as well as a tony bar with plush stool seating.