In their travels abroad, owners Jonathan and Laura Nelms acquired a passion for Georgian culture and cuisine. With their new restaurant concept, SUPRA, they are bringing the first fully Georgian Restaurant to Washington, DC. SUPRA-the name refers to a ‘traditional celebratory feast’- will also feature an extensive Georgian wine list, with many regional wines not found anywhere else in the United States.
2SCALE HOSPITALITY worked closely with Jonathan and Laura to help achieve their vision of a warm, yet modern, Georgian decor. To this end, traditional patterns, textures, and colors from Georgian architecture and textiles were used as inspiration.
Details featuring terra cotta brick and tiles influenced by ‘qvevri’ (the clay vessels buried in the ground to make Georgian wine), patterned banquette fabrics influenced by Georgian folk costumes, and blue and white tiles inspired by traditional Georgian tablecloths were implemented throughout the restaurant. The main dining room will be bookend by dramatic floating displays of traditional Georgian hats called ‘Papakhi.’
The owners are also incorporating into the restaurant parts of their collection of Georgian and Georgian inspired art, including a collage of Georgian horsemen made entirely out of Georgian newspapers; a large-format, 3D metal art piece incorporating the traditional Georgian alphabet; and a display of ceramic plates featuring a traditional Georgian tablecloth Textile design.
SUPRA will also feature ‘living wall’ greenery in custom planters throughout the space, dark walnut wood finishes, polished concrete floors, and reclaimed wood tables. Along with the ample banquette seating throughout, the restaurant will also feature a private dining room and large communal table where customers can experience their very own ‘supra.’