The name Sona, which means gold in Hindi, provided further design inspiration. “Once that little puzzle piece was finished, all the fine-tuning came together,” says Bowers. The columns in the space are a soft gold and chair cushions are covered in a black and gold textile from India.
Sona was actually suggested as the name by Chopra Jonas’s husband Nick Jonas, after a tasting of Chef Nayak’s food. “We were grappling with a list of names, none of which were speaking to us,” recalls Goyal. “And then from the corner of the table, from a small kind of voice, Nick Jonas said, ‘What about Sona?’ And we all kind of look at Nick, and Priyanka looks at Nick, and says, ‘First, amazing, how do you even know that word?’ And he remembers it from their wedding, because he remembers gold and Sona being said, because obviously he was thrown into the culture in a big way.
Actress/producer/humanitarian/entrepreneur/author and now a restauranteur Priyanka Chopra Jonas dons many hats. She has been impressing and encouraging her fans with her stellar performance in films, the global icon is now all geared up to spread her wings and venture into the food and hospitality industry with Sona, a fine dining restaurant in New York that offers Indian cuisines for food lovers!
Priyanka has introduced a private dining space which is named 'Mimi' which is also her nickname. The restaurant has partnered with art advisory Sunderlande to develop a program that aspires to showcase art exclusively from India, it consists of both modern and as well as contemporary artists.
If you go through Sona's official website, you will get a glimpse of the ambiance of the restaurant. It has a modern minimalist look and a lot of space for people to move around, it has accent lightings. Priyanka chose the colour scheme brown and gold for Sona, it has a bar too that offers private dining space for eight to 30 guests. It is such a wonderful design.
At Sona, the front dining area has a hand-plastered wall dotted with small medallion mirrors from India, in homage to women in rural parts of the country who make meticulously decorated mud huts. The rest of the walls are hand-done Venetian plaster that are painted a delicate blush, inspired by the pink tones of Art Deco Mumbai. Plus, as Bowers says, “People look better against this color.” (Prepare to see the Instagram proof.) Thonet bentwood bistro chairs, a bench with individual round cushions, brass-bottomed black-and-white upholstered poufs, angular couches, and eggplant leather banquettes provide the seating, while glowing arched mirrors and miniature table lamps upholstered with Indian fabric give a subtle nod to the essence of Indian design.
The Indian decor references were ultimately inspired by what Bowers terms, “Indo Deco,” the Art Deco period in India, of which Mumbai is a primary example—the city has the largest collection of Art Deco buildings after South Beach.