Feast your eyes on the Hotel Modern's new restaurant, Tivoli & Lee, now open in the former Tamarind space. The hotel's creative director, James Stuart ditched the white-washed look of Tamarind for a darker interior (with a sense of humor) thanks to the help of designer Jack Dakin and Dirty Coast's Blake Haney, who designed the navy-colored carousel Flavor Paper on the walls. The wallpaper is an homage to the days that Lee Circle? just outside the restaurant's windows? was known as Tivoli Gardens and boasted a beloved carousel. The restaurant's name itself is also an obvious homage to its location on the historic circle, as is the carousel-like lighting in the dining area. The artwork in the restaurant is primarily of famous Lees, like Spike Lee and Bruce Lee.
Chef Mike Nirenberg— previously of Oak/Patois/Delachaise— focuses on local/regional food sourcing, and his menu of "Modern Southern" cuisine has comfort food like andouille tots and pork belly sliders, from snack-sized to full-entrees. Kimberly Patton Bragg runs the bar, creating both eccentric and classic cocktails... imagine a seahorse stenciled on your Pisco Sour, or a boozy glass of cereal milk for brunch. Tivoli & Lee is now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.