Chef Marcus Samuelsson has introduced his first Washington, DC-area eatery with Marcus, the latest dining concept to arrive at the newly opened MGM National Harbor resort. Crafted by New York-based practice Parts and Labor Design, the aesthetic of the restaurant pays homage to Samuelsson’s multicultural background and iconic personal style.
Guests are welcomed by an entry hall clad with an intricate compass rose floor inlay that pays tribute to American craftsmanship. The 21-seat bistro-style bar serves as a main focal point, complete with wooden spindles spanning its perimeter. Custom light fixtures reminiscent of brasserie pieces illuminate the bar’s wood and stone chevron pattern. Spanning 5,700 square feet, the restaurant features geometric floor tiles and furniture that draws inspiration from both modern and colonial styles.
Adorned with custom tribal wall tapestries and African-influenced artwork and photography, the main dining room accommodates 84 guests. The central open kitchen and raw bar are outfitted with wooden coffered ceilings, colonial millwork, and a palette of deep amber and cream. Multidirectional wood flooring and sculptural tiles frame a variety of high and low top tables. The glass façade and outdoor patio maintain a connection with the surrounding environment.
Hidden behind a French colonial-style sliding door in the back of the restaurant, a clandestine supper club recalls the Harlem jazz clubs of the Prohibition era, complete with private dining and a small bar. Famous musicians are immortalized on the wall in black and white photographs, accented with custom chandeliers and built-in bookcases.