‘Ultra exclusive’ Gem Restaurant & Lounge sends mixed messages
Comfort zone amid outrageousness
Gem Restaurant & Lounge, the latest project from Big Night Entertainment (Red Lantern, Shrine), bills itself as “a fusion of gastro-lounge and ultra exclusive supper club.” Climb a flight of stairs to a small, plush space decorated like a bordello catering to Francophiles who haven’t been to France in years. Red velvet banquettes line the mosaic floor. Chairs are covered in thick, paisley fabrics. Women employees wear corsets hoisting their flesh toward the fringed chandeliers. Gem can be truly outrageous.