Artist Marcus Zotter is seen in front of his seven-foot tall mural of the late CNN “Parts Unknown” host and chef Anthony Bourdain at the Naples restaurant 7th Avenue Social. Mary K Mickiewicz Facebook
Could you eat with a 7-foot tall mural of the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain staring at you?
One Southwest Florida restaurant is betting you can.
The new owners at 7th Avenue Social in Naples commissioned the city’s hometown artist to paint a mural of the late “Parts Unknown” host on the restaurant’s black chalkboard wall on Wednesday as a memorial, Naples Daily News reported.
Bourdain committed suicide in a Paris hotel room on June 8 while he was in France filming an episode for his CNN TV series “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” according to the network. He was 61.
Artist Marcus Zotter took up the challenge when 7th Avenue Social co-owner Jerry Alajajian had an inspired idea of how to honor the popular TV personality. He’d been meaning to update his restaurant’s chalkboard wall so he reached out to Zotter and asked him to paint a mural of Bourdain.
“He touched so many lives,” Zotter told Naples Daily News.
“I just always had an appreciation for his story, his attributions, his talents, his skills, even some of his demons, quite frankly,” added Alajajian, who owns 7th Avenue Social with his wife, Dayle Westover.
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts graduate used acrylics to paint Bourdain’s face and oil-based paint for his clothing. Zotter surrounded Bourdain with bell peppers, peas, steaks and some of Bourdain’s quotes, such as, “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”
The image of Bourdain, who had filmed episodes of his food program in Miami and Cuba, will remain on the chalkboard at the restaurant until Alajajian gets another inspiration.
“It can stay there for a long time,” he told Naples Daily News.