What was the biggest source of inspiration?
"Once Matt Weiss and Mike Schuster decided they were going to open a wine bar, they took a look at the space of what would become The Eastern, with its high ceilings and its floor-to-ceiling windows, and realized most of the bars and restaurants that they own (Barrel, Maydan, McClellan's Retreat, to name a few) are a little more dimly lit and dark, which wouldn’t work here. They decided to make it bright and modern to fit the space and wine bar concept. "I really don’t like places that feel super cold, white, or sterile", says Weiss. "I like a place to feel warm and inviting, and am personally a huge fan of mid-century architecture and design. So we settled on bringing a Mad Men design into the modern world."