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Posted at 5:55 PM ET, 02/11/2010

A makeover for Poste

By Julia Beizer

Poste Moderne Brasserie will close for a two-week renovation starting Monday. What kind of changes will diners see when it reopens on Feb. 27? A fresh coat of sand-colored paint, refinished floors and granite bar tops will spruce the place up slightly. But more extensive modifications are on the way over the next few months. Reupholstered booths, mostly wood bar furniture and new carpet and lighting are expected to be in place this summer.

Chef Rob Weland says the eight-year-old restaurant was due for a few upgrades. The renovation details, etched out by the San Francisco-based Puccini Group firm, nod at times to Weland's focus on sustainable, seasonal ingredients. For example, the open kitchen will eventually be framed with pieces of art highlighting farm-fresh ingredients. The theme ties nicely with Weland's courtyard garden.

The chef says he and his staff will be using the downtime to regroup. "I'm looking at it from more of a spiritual [perspective]. Hey, what are we doing wrong? What are we doing right? Let's focus on making this an opportunity to get better."

-- Julia Beizer

By Julia Beizer  | February 11, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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