MetalMiner Merriment at The Bedford

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The Bedford’s unassuming entrance. Photo: Nate Burgos

As my colleague Taras posted yesterday, for their company outing during the 2011 holidays, the MetalMiner crew met at The Bedford, a new “deposit (pun intended) in Chicago’s restaurant scene. Founder Eric Nordness discovered the potential of an empty basement of a historic 1925 bank building in the Wicker Park neighborhood. What formerly was the thriving location of Chicago’s Home Bank & Trust (later turned into an MB Financial bank) has been restored and repurposed into a unique culinary space”inherently complete with a visible vibe of metal. Nordess said in an interview with the website Fine: “We want people to sit anywhere in the space and have something visually interesting to look at. From the same interview, he worked with the hospitality design firm Gettys.

The interior dazzle of materials and textures, including gold-veined dark marble, is indeed evident throughout. The centerpiece is the bank’s vault whose walls are lined with a matrix of copper safe-deposit boxes topped with a copper-paneled ceiling.

Source: The Bedford via Harlene Ellin’s article at website Fine

The vault’s titanic steel doors serve as theatrical props.

Source: The Bedford via Harlene Ellin’s article at website Fine

The wallpaper continues the metallic ambiance with whimsical elements.

Source: Nate Burgos

Basking in the substance and sheen of metal”always a welcome sight for analysis and delight”the MetalMiner crew enjoyed the evening with delicious seasonal food prepared by Chef Mark Steuer and his team. Most of all, they enjoyed each other’s company, being thankful and cherishing this online destination for whom metals and their related markets matter.

Happy holidays, everyone, and here’s to making 2012 another banner year of all-around metal nerdery.

Nate Burgos

Comments (3)

  1. Hello Nate,

    I’m certainly glad you liked my quote from Eric Nordess, but do not like the fact that it is lifted from my post without any attribution to my website. I don’t believe linking the word “said” to my site is enough of an attribution. The way it stands, it looks like YOU conducted the interview and wrote the line, when you did not. That is called plagiarism

    It would be great if you would attribute it to me – such as “Nordess said in an interview with the website Fine” or please remove it from your post entirely.

    Sorry to be a “hardass” and thanks for your understanding,
    Harlene Ellin

  2. Nate Burgos says:

    So sorry, Harlene, for neglecting to more fully attribute your article! Thanks for pointing this out and it has been addressed. I do try to practice attribution. Moving forward, I’ll do so more sharply.

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