By: Laurie Wallin
Capital Cooking Contributor
In 2014, J&G Steakhouse (located in the W hotel) was transformed into Pinea, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant hemmed by Chef Barry Koslow. It wasn’t just enough to transform he food, though – the restaurant was looking to create a big splash, and did so by hiring Baltimore-based renowned street artist Gaia to transform Pinea’s walls. On Friday, March 6, Gaia’s hard work was revealed while guests listened to tunes from DJ Dan Deacon while enjoying Koslow’s innovative cuisine.
With its high ceilings and view of the White House, Pinea was home to a dramatic space to begin with. With plenty of wall space, Gaia had the perfect blank canvas to create a masterpiece which illustrates a journey going back to the Roman Empire and ending in present-day Washington.
The vibrant colors and beauty of the mural are enough to take a diner’s breath away.
Chef Koslow’s Mediterranean-inspired food nicely complements the mural. At the unveiling, guests sampled octopus with chorizo and roasted pork with apricot sauce.
Head over to Pinea to glimpse this beautiful work of art and Chef Koslow’s cuisine.