I am always on the hunt for restaurants that offer fresh and delicious food with a great atmosphere! So when my friend Johnny Fisher contacted me over three years ago to share a new restaurant proposal at Orange Beach Marina and asked for help designing the look of his restaurant I simply couldn’t resist the offer. Johnny envisioned designing not just a single continuous flowing restaurant, but two distinct dining experiences all contained within the same building. Upscale dining Upstairs, and family fun Dockside dining downstairs! Though he pictured a division in the dining areas, a relaxing and home-like atmosphere was to remain constant throughout. Johnny and I came together on the design plan and molded what is now known as Fishers!
Seaside shades of blue and sand color the walls in the upscale Upstairs space and Dockside dining areas giving it just the right amount of coastal charm. Upon arrival to the downstairs Dockside dining you will notice a rustic driftwood chandelier designed by Johnny and I that we had custom made by a local artist. With a view of Orange Beach Marina, the Dockside features an open layout with garage doors, stainless steel bar tops and pecky cypress walls. A grass courtyard area was included to the Dockside space with plush couches and chairs for comfortable entertaining and landscaped with citrus trees and herbs.
I love blending old with new, classic and contemporary. I incorporated antiques like, framed photos from the Bertram Yacht archive and brass portholes, among the modern styles. The smooth, wide-plank heart pine floors came from a mule barn of a sugarcane plantation in Louisiana. This unique marriage of vintage and modern creates an interesting and beautiful design.
Making your way upstairs you will discover a centered seating area with a slip covered sofa and chairs. I added my favorite throw pillows, including the “Hello, Beautiful.” plush pillow that has become such a hit with guest Fisher’s had the saying placed on tee shirts. Like the courtyard designed for Dockside, this seating area is also intended for comfortable entertaining in a more intimate setting. White tablecloth-topped square tables mix with custom old pine tables centered underneath beaded coconut shell chandeliers that I found in New York! White linen curtains frame the windows that line the dining room with soft lighting provided by wall scones and candlelight.The result is a clean, modern and nautical atmosphere.
Fisher’s is celebrating their third anniversary (wow, was that really three years ago! Still hard to believe.) this year having grown into one of the most premier dining destinations along the coast. Their success has been recognized by Southern Living magazine (as one of the TOP thirty restaurants in the south!!) , Garden & Gun magazine, The Southerner’s Cookbook and many others. Johnny was a true delight to work with and I am elated to have been a part of such an outstanding restaurant!
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Volume 5/Issue 1 (2014, June/July). Hooked on Fisher’s. Sense, 18-23. Find original article here.