Mosaic reopens after renovations

Published 11:03 pm Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chef David Banyai, right, cuts a ribbon with a knife at Mosaic Café at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Thursday. The eatery reopened after renovations and has a new chef.

A downtown eatery reopened Thursday after a ribbon-cutting that capped off several weeks of renovations.

Mosaic, located inside the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, also boasts a new chef, David Banyai, who comes from the Town Point Club in Norfolk.

“We’re tickled to death,” Doug Naismith, president of the center’s LP Board of Directors, said at the ribbon-cutting. “We hope Mosaic receives the enthusiastic support of our patrons.”

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Mosaic is owned by Mike and Jeanette Holland. In addition to offering brunch, lunch and dinner, the restaurant also is available for catering. It also caters all events at the center.

“We’re delighted in your commitment to this facility,” Naismith told the Hollands.

The renovations include improvements to the outdoor seating area, indoor window treatments and more.

“Mosaic is my favorite place to eat,” said Jack Eure, president of the center’s Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition to Norfolk’s Town Point Club, new chef Banyai also has worked at the No Frill Bar and Grill in Norfolk and the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta.

“I’m a truly hands-on chef,” he said.

Banyai said he draws on his Italian and Jewish backgrounds to inspire his cooking.

“To me, nothing is too simple,” he said.

“The addition of chef partner David Banyai has broadened our ability to offer exceptional cuisine in our restaurant,” Jeanette Holland said. “I have enjoyed working with and getting to know the Mosaic patrons over the past few years and am confident they will be nothing less than pleased with the exceptional service Chef David will offer.”

Mosaic’s fall hours are: lunch, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner, Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.; brunch, Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.