With all the Stanley Saitowitz talk this week about Conduit—which was the star architect's first restaurant project—design buffs might not be alone in enjoying the juicy renderings for a mysterious, unfulfilled Saitowitz project in the Fillmore called Mississippi Blues. The concept was first developed in 2008, but all the work was done pre-recession, and things have been completely quiet since, so it's unclear if it's just on the backburner or aborted completely.
Either way, the concept is an intriguing one, even if it's more pipedream than reality at this point. The centerpiece of the soul food restaurant is a single table that winds through the space (like a river), and from what we hear, let's just say that there were some big names involved on the food side. As for possible locations, word on the street is that it was supposed be located right across from Yoshi's. Curbed's guess is the old Spices, which closed in '08; another possibility is that it was slated pre-Bruno's. Send any and all rumors to the tipline.
· Mississippi Blues / Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects [Arch Daily]