It’s been 16 years since Aria opened its doors in Buckhead, and now chef and owner Gerry Klaskala has taken the iconic restaurant to new heights once again with a beautiful makeover that elevates the dining experience. Stacey Kirby of Atlanta’s Seiber Design created the new look with a goal of “taking away the formality and bringing more radiance and texture into the space.” The stark white downstairs dining room has been updated with warm tones—rich gray walls, canary yellow draperies and new light gray leather banquettes. The upstairs dining room features a mixture of white oak tabletops and leather seating. Mirrors mounted in both spaces create a more spacious feel. The original bar area was expanded, and a white marble bar top and walnut back bar was added for a casual dining spot. Aria’s exterior remains its trademark white, but new black accents were added to the door and windows, giving them extra pop. A few interior elements also remain, such as white tablecloths (this is Aria, after all). Several pieces of the restaurant’s iconic artwork, including its signature chandelier and dog sculptures, were also incorporated back into the design.
490 East Paces Ferry
BY: Sarah Gleim
Photo: LuAnne Demeo
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