Carytown in Richmond, Virginia exists at the intersection of hipster culture, car exhaust, spit polished upscale baby boutiques, and nostalgia for a lost era. On West Cary Street, a rowdy Saturday night crowd bustles into The Byrd Theatre for a weekly performance of The Mighty Wurlitzer, just like their grandparents might have back in the day. Up the street is the Can Can Brasserie, which reminds one both of an authentic European restaurant and a New York City recreation…in the style of France, but squeaky clean and a too carefully executed decor. The bathroom there was such a surprise and delight, I’m excited to share it with you today!
The photos speak for themselves; there is a simplicity and unity of style, a lightness, and a totally cool period vibe in this bathroom. The highlights for me are the old school pull-chain, high tank toilet…I’d never used one before! Of course, it brought to mind that scene from Godfather I when Michael retrieves the gun from behind the toilet tank in that mom n’ pop Italian restaurant. The other special touch is the working vintage loudspeaker mounted on the wall.
If you make it out this way, you should eat at the Can Can. The food was tremendous, and the bathroom was so much fun: it is an inviting and calm place to chill and enjoy the details.