A skilled designer can take on just about any task, although whoever was behind the most recent iteration of Delta Burke clearly wasn't that great at Designing Women. See how a talented architectural designer can turn a grocery store into a new nighttime hangout, at Scene Cafe.
Mapped out entirely by owner Samuel Michael (who also did ESSO, Icon, Mint...), Scene's a sleek funky lounge laid out with leather couches, a bamboo chair hanging from the ceiling, shades-rocking mannequin heads on the walls, a glass tile bar shaped like a sound wave, and a mural of a broken barcode, so you've gotta assume it's got Ben Roethlisberger in it. They've got 15 beers in bottles and all the required mixable throat soakings, plus nicely priced Egyptian hookahs ($12), through which you can puff 15 flavors of smoke including Mojito, the Kool-Aid-esque Cafe Asmare, and Cocoa Puff, from which cereal lovers will surely get their Kix. Upcoming events include "F.A.M.E." on the 28th (Fashion, Art, Music & Design), which'll include a fashion show, a live acoustic band and 10 dancing vixens; a tattoo night with $20 sessions; and a July 4th party tied in with the Ethiopian Soccer Fest boasting Eritrean food like a spicy beef cube stew called Tibs, though not Tibbs, because then they'd know to call it "MISTER"!!
When the kitchen opens in the next month it'll be turning out Mediterranean small plates like a crispy, oven-baked, pizza-ish dish with rice and shish kabobs stuffed into slices of naan -- then consequently, if you're not quick enough, stuffed directly into Delta Burke's mouth.