A Tale of Cocoa Village Interior Design – The Iconic Cafe Margaux, Part II

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A Tale of Cocoa Village Interior Design – The Iconic Cafe Margaux, Part II

Last time, we talked about the newest renovation in downtown Cocoa, Florida – the iconic Cafe Margaux. This dining destination on the Space Coast has long been known for fine cuisine, but the interior needed a modern lift.

Michael Gainey Signature Designs stepped into the space and brought new life in collaboration with the vision of proprietors Alex and Megan Litras.

In Part I, we looked at the Normandy Room and the Pearl Room. In Part II, we’ll delve deeper into the design principles behind the Ulysses Room and Lutrecs Lounge.

Ulysses Room, Cafe Margaux, MGSDThe Ulysses Room

Prior to the remodeling of Cafe Margaux, the Litras’ were also the proprietors of Ulysses Steakhouse facing Brevard Avenue. Cafe Margaux diners frequently requested the prime steaks of Ulysses and patrons of Ulysses often dined on the European cuisine of Cafe Margaux. So, with the reinvention of Cafe Margaux underway, the decision was made to bring the two concepts together and honor the Ulsysses name with a dining room reminiscent of the former Cocoa Village steakhouse.

The idea was to give this space a well-traveled look and also include our interpretation of the ever-elegant Mr. Litras, since Ulysses is actually Alex’s middle name. This unique dining space features three beautiful niches boasting back-lit onyx, and a feature wall is covered in mock alligator skin. Overhead, the most glorious Turkish Chandeliers that Alex himself found create an exquisitely-appointed space! Shades of rich coffee browns and olive greens engulf the room, while couture details- such as leather buttons on the draperies- welcome diners and will seem very familiar to fans of the former Ulysses Steakhouse.

Lounge, Cafe Margaux Bar, MGSDLutrecs Lounge

Another special addition to the newly redesigned Cafe Margaux is a wonderful bar for diners waiting to be seated or theatre-goers looking for the perfect spot for a night cap! Painted in the same slate blue as the Normandy Room, this spot just beckons you to sit and enjoy a cocktail and great conversation. The focal wall that houses the array of fine liquors features bronze patina panels, enhanced with lighting that changes hues subtly. The Turkish lighting in this room is amazing – it sits clustered overhead and creates a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that is unparalleled anywhere in Brevard! The combination of exotic granite and robust leather seating provide the perfect respite.

Cafe Margaux has long been known as one of the premier dining spots on Florida’s east coast. Now, this iconic establishment has received an interior design makeover that is at once eclectic, elegant, casual, and inviting. The vignette of rooms invite diners to linger over a cordial or a cappuccino, the finest steaks, or made-from-scratch soups. For the team at Michael Gainey Signature Designs, “It has been our supreme honor to create the new look of this iconic establishment…It’s another page in the illustrious history of Cocoa Village.”

If you’re ready to write the next chapter in your home, but don’t know where to start – the team at Michael Gainey Signature Designs can help. We’ll bring the story of your home to life!

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