The decor at Elephant and the Dove is as enticing as anything on its menu.
The new Skaneateles restaurant, opening Thursday, takes its visual inspiration from the Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. It also takes its name from the husband and wife, who were described as “an elephant and a dove” due to the contrast between their statures: Rivera tall and overweight, Kahlo diminutive and fragile.
And the portrait of Kahlo at the top of the stairway to the second floor of the restaurant is just one way it evokes her surrealist style.
Designed by Thom Filicia, a member of the cast of the original “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” the colorful 7,500 square-foot-space is a feast for the eyes. Large golden flowers bloom from the walls. And every surface, from the pillows lining its seats to the cages holding its candles, is richly patterned and textured, suggesting a certain authenticity.