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EDG reinvents restaurant at
The Beverly Hilton with Circa 55

BEVERLY HILLS, CA— As part of the effort to revive the famed Beverly Hilton here, the hotel wanted to take its outdated bar and restaurant area and create a fresh destination spot that would attract guests as well as the surrounding community.
San Rafael, CA-based Engstrom Design Group (EDG) took on the challenge of updating the space to create the new Circa 55 restaurant. Designed to have a look that coordinated with the rest of the renovated property, the firm took the 3,200-square-foot poolside space and created a connection between the indoors and outdoors. Because the restaurant and bar had been renovated many times over the years, EDG’s first task was to strip the many layers away and start fresh.
The entrance to Circa 55 was moved to the base of the stairs in the lobby to give it more exposure to the rest of the hotel. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls were created to connect the pool area with the restaurant and the previously sectioned off poolside bar is now surrounded by collapsible glass doors that can be opened and closed. Inside, bronze metal screens divide the restaurant to create more intimate dining areas for private parties.
Using a color palette inspired by 1950s Palm Springs and its desert landscape, EDG selected furnishings that are clean and contemporary with custom, free-standing sofas; circular booths; cantilevered tables and built-in lamps. Recessed cove-lit circles in the ceiling and a donut-shaped walnut table in the lounge area play off the space’s bubble and water motif and a terrazzo floor embedded with pieces of shells extends throughout the bar and restaurant. The resulting Circa 55, which officially opened in late 2006, now offers a relaxed indoor/outdoor environment that engages the restaurant with the Beverly Hilton’s pool area and bar.