Oystercatchers, a restaurant at of Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, was named after a native bird. The restaurant is located in its own building 150 yards from the hotel proper. The setting is remarkable, adjacent to a nature preserve (wildlife roams the hotel grounds) with a breathtaking view of Tampa Bay.
In 2007, we were retained to completely renovate the restaurant that consists of a bar, dining room, semi-private dining room and deck.
The entrance, now dominated by a dramatic floor to ceiling wine cellar, leads to a square bar from which one has a 270 degree view of Tampa Bay. A large bird wire installation by Thomas Hill appropriately called “Oystercatchers in Flight” is mounted above the bar’s banquette. The banquette is covered in orange to bring the Tampa sunset into the space. On the opposite wall, a large photograph from David Duncan Livingstone’s Water Stories series reinforces the connection of the space with Tampa Bay.
The dining room is divided in two sections. A large open kitchen and communal tables dominate the upper section. Neutral tones were used throughout the space to insure that the expansive views are the focal point. The lower section has a continuous banquette and large round tables. Custom screens by Matt Gagnon create a sense of private by dividing each bay window area from the next and sepia tone photographs by Vernon Smith adorn the walls.