Restaurants with an "interesting plainness"
I came across this quote on the window of a store in Evanston, Ill. called Design Within Reach. First of all, I thought it was a funny place to hang that incredibly elaborate Swarovski crystal chandelier, and then I thought it was funny to be selling a chandelier that cost $2,600 in a store called Design Within Reach.
But I like the quote a lot. We had an earlier discussion about whether Fin in Fells Point could be worth eating at when the menu was so plain. Mies van der Rohe's words argue "yes" much more eloquently than I did. I think they also explain the value of restaurants like the Black Olive, and I'm sure you can think of others.