Restaurant: Impossible is an American reality television series that premiered on January 19, 2011, and airs on Food Network.The show features chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine.The premise of the series is that within two days and on a budget of ,000, chef Robert Irvine renovates a failing American restaurant with the goal of helping to restore it to profitability and prominence.
“I have to say that one of the things I pride myself on in design is having a balance of masculine and feminine,’’ she says.
“I feel like this place has a lot of masculinity with the wood texture, but then there’s the femininity of the chandeliers.’’ It was only two years ago that Nayak’s primary focus was on residential spaces.
She worked as a designer on HGTV’s “Designed to Sell,’’ in addition to designing for private clients.
Since that time she’s quickly moved toward commercial spaces.
“I have a new passion right now, and that’s restaurant design,’’ she says.
“There are thousands of brilliant designers out there who can do restaurant design. It’s what my husband and I talk about all the time.’’Nayak also has restaurant experience from her time working as a bartender.
Although as she finishes mixing her mint juleps, her husband points out that she’s using the wrong glasses for the cocktail.
“I guess I’m just a washed-up bartender,’’ Nayak replies with a smile.
ERIK JACOBS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE In transforming the club, which formerly housed the gritty Revolution Rock Bar, designer Taniya Nayak used classic chandeliers crafted in contemporary chrome, wood layered into patterns on the walls, and bold wallpaper.