CK Pearl resides in a rambling structure along the little causeway. It is perfectly situated above the Essex River among the estuaries and marshlands surrounding the water. The location and the look of the exterior give the place an initial feel of being an old-fashioned seafood shack, but once guests enter they realize that CK Pearl is indeed a hidden treasure.
When we were approached by chef Patrick Shea to design his first restaurant, we knew that the most important goal in this interior design project would be to preserve the eclectic history of mariners, while bringing a contemporary chic and refined aesthetic to this jewel of downtown Essex.
We started by dividing the restaurant into three zones; the bar, the dining room, and a third zone that is a hybrid between the two, with hightop shared tables. We added reclaimed wood from local derelict structures as well as a black and white mural depicting the history of the boat builders of the area. We also added a hand traced white on indigo “blueprint” of a sailing ship above the bar. We then brought in a bold splash of color with a bright yellow counter and bar stools that bring in an eclectic twist that ties it all together in a fresh and lasting aesthetic.