Gallery: Amali is the Upper East Side’s Newest and Greenest Mediterrane...

At Mulvena's coaxing (Mapos projects largely follow their philosophy of smart reuse), Mallios decided to recycle much of what was in the old space, rather than gut it all and fill it with new stuff. And we're not just talking a sconce here and a chair there - the tables, the menu backs, the surface wood at the bar, the chairs and even the floor are all recycled. In fact, the idea to make the tabletops from the over 150-year-old pine taken from the ceiling of the old restaurant came not from Mapos but from Mallios himself, who, as Mulvena put it, "really started to have fun with it." So much fun that he even got the old staff from the previous restaurant involved in the new buildout. Rather than have them be completely jobless while the space was being redone, Mallios employed some of the dishwashers and other staff to reupholster chairs and even plaster the walls. Talk about hiring local workers!

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  1. Bridgette Meinhold December 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I want to go!!

  2. Diane Pham December 2, 2011 at 10:38 am

    omg, i got hungry just looking at the pics.