Interior decorator Michael Delahanty and Frank’s Steaks owner Chris Meyer once again teamed up in anticipation of Valentine’s Day to give the restaurant an irresistible makeover. Just as he did for Christmas – when the steakhouse was covered in tinsel, wrapping paper, and wreaths – Delahanty covered the restaurant in holiday ambiance. This time, it is a ceiling-draped collage of red roses that greets couples as they share a dinner for that special night.
Delahanty, who worked as the maître d of the restaurant prior to the pandemic before starting his firm Delahanty Designs, reconnected with Meyer over lunch in November when they planned the Christmastime decorations. The response was so positive from patrons that the two decided to do something similar for Valentine’s Day.
The restaurant is divided into three sections: “lovers’ lane” – the chain of roses leading customers in from the entrance to the bar, the rose garden gazebo where the lounge is, and the “wedding chapel” with white flowers covering the corner of the bar area. “Not only can customers come in and have a great meal and a great bottle of wine, but also ambiance which I truly believe is second to none on Long Island or the rest of the country,” Meyer said.
Delahanty, his assistant Colin O’Leary, and the staff of Frank’s spent around 80 hours putting together the display of around 12,000 lights and 20,000 roses. They had to work overnight, after business hours for the restaurant.
Delahanty said he wanted to keep the character of the over 100-year-old building and avoided modern designs, highlighting the mahogany wooden interiors and the old-world charm of the restaurant that was once the Lincoln Inn.
Meyer said that the display has been well-received, especially by those who are making their first trip back to Frank’s since the start of the pandemic. “I take great pride and joy in witnessing the uplifting spirits of my guests when they walk in my front door after such a long hiatus,” Meyer said.
Delahanty and Meyer are excited to continue their partnership for St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.