Opa, Philadelphia, PA


Complete, 2011


Philadelphia, PA


1,200 square feet

Interior Design

Opa is a Greek restaurant-bar that brings Modern Greece to Midtown Village Philadelphia. The word “opa” is a traditional Greek exclamation of glee, used to express the carefree aura that embodies the Greek spirit. Crème transformed the formerly vacant space to a global platform for Greek cuisine that evokes the Gazi neighborhood of Athens, with a warm and welcoming ambience. The design features an expansive bar, dramatic wooden canopy and an intimate banquette area. The 24-seat island bar made of river rock exudes energy and vibrancy and is back-dropped by an impressive canopy constructed of birch branches. A plaster wall of banquette area houses candle-lit lanterns in colorful recesses, casting a warm glow among the back wall and hand-made terra cotta pendant lighting. Tables made of reclaimed oak complement the natural elements throughout the space. A custom–made circular metal screen in the main dining area sets the stage for playfulness and celebration.  The space captures the essence of a bohemian yet sophisticated setting for fresh interpretations of traditional Greek fare.