ˈalkəmē – the history and concept - When we sat down to discuss the concept of the restaurant, we wanted it to lend to an atmosphere you might find at a Mediterranean seaside café – slightly beachy. So, ˈalkəmē is a café/restaurant/bar/deli that offers Mediterranean food and a relaxed setting. Additionally, we agreed that the restaurant should create an immediate assault on your senses. There is so much that goes into a restaurant that creates a space you want to return to – it’s the food, the smells, the look, the feel, the music, the hospitality, the people, the nostalgia, the artwork, the xi.
And so, after considering at least 100 different names for the restaurant, Alchemy was something that we believed embodied what we were trying to achieve.
Alchemy was the predecessor to modern chemistry and according to Merriam Webster is 1) a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life; 2) a power or process of transforming something common into something special; 3) an inexplicable or mysterious transformation.
This is the aim of our work at the café - It is the transformation of the ingredients of food, and the ingredients of life, the seemingly banal into something magical, something beautiful, some place you want to be.
Thank you for joining us at ˈAlkəmē. We hope it is for you, some place you will want to be, and a place to which you will want to return. Welcome!