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Vast offers one-of-a-kind views in a sophisticated new dining space.

Kelley Chambers October 31st, 2012

Dining at Vast, on the 49th and 50th floors of Devon tower, 333 W. Sheridan, it is difficult to look at anything other than the view.

But those who can steal a glance at the decor of the restaurant will find subtle design details and unique custom furniture.

Two dedicated elevators in the lobby whisk diners to the top of the skyscraper. Those stopping by for a drink can sit at the bar or in plush cowhide chairs near the windows.

There are no white tablecloths at Vast, which opened to the public last week. The heavy wooden tables are topped with leather place mats; custom linen and silverware are balanced on arched chunks of black granite.

“In putting all these pieces together, we bought classic, slightly modern china, glasses and silverware,” said John Williams, whose Williams & Associates Hospitality manages Vast. “The vibe is modern in a very sophisticated way so that it will be relevant for a while.”

There are seven different styles of custom chairs throughout the dining room, private dining rooms and banquet spaces.

“We paid a lot of attention to seating,” Williams said. “We didn’t just pick a chair because it looked good.”

The seating selections include chairs from Italy and chairs made by companies such as Eames and Gasser.

To create an iconic — but not too stuffy —space, Williams worked with Gensler, Devon’s design team.

“We started with lines on paper,” Williams said. “Our role was to make sure the restaurant worked functionally.”

Just off the main dining area are nine private dining rooms.

“Let’s say you want to have 50 of your best friends up after a Thunder game for cocktails and late-night snacks,” Williams said. “You could rent this room.”

The private rooms can be subdivided for smaller gatherings. All have views except for one, which is behind frosted glass. The rooms are equipped with Skyfold dividers that come down from the ceiling and provide a nearly soundproof space.

“It’s a very special place in a special building in a special city,” Williams said. “This is just one more piece of the positive puzzle of Oklahoma City.”

 
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