Anna Mae is a 5,500 square foot Japanese fusion restaurant at Beau Rivage Resort Hotel (part of MGM/Mirage) in Biloxi, Mississippi. It's design plays on images from Japanese and American popular culture, blending imagery from Japanese Anime artwork featuring hyper stylized characters with enormous eyes and ‘Anna Mae’, a heartbreaker from a Mississippi Muddy Waters ballad.
This 140 seat American-Japanese restaurant features teppanyaki grills and a sushi bar.
The entry to Anna Mae is through an internally illuminated cubist arch of fused art glass framed in raw steel, up a pathway of limestone and bronze tile to a host podium opposite a collection of Asian ceramics, bells and sculptures.
The entry is bright; but the Dining Room is dark and cozy and populated by an array of animated elements rendered by a small army of artisans in natural materials.
Beside the host is an Anna Mae floor lamp, created using digital milling technology and old world glass fusing and glass slumping techniques. She is 5’6”, willowy and bright, animated and electrified …She is inspired by the willow, which, in Japanese gardens, represents the female life force. Her name is a variation on the bright Japanese Anime characters and the Anna Mae breaking Muddy Water’s heart in the blues song, “Anna Mae’s a good girl, but she love to run around at night....If I can get her mind on me, I know she’ll treat me right…”
Down the center of the dining room are pendant lamps, smiling abstractions of traditional Japanese Shinto temple bells, gold inside and highly-polished magnesium-aluminum outside. An oxidized- copper terrace overlooks the sushi bar.
Light fixtures of slumped art-glass drip over seating illuminating portraits of Anna Mae are on the back wall. The floor is bamboo, stained the color of chocolate.The chairs and booths are fabricated in hand carved maple, cast magnesium-aluminum alloy and upholstered seats and backs.
Between cozy booths at the edge of the dining room are twisting bronze sculptures inspired by Japanese willows, illuminated from above by silk interpretations of Chinese paper lanterns; table tops are solid ribbon-striped mahogany.
Design Architect / Interior Design: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Architect of Record: Jeffrey W Carloss, Architect
Lighting Design: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Graphics: Jordan Mozer & Associates, Ltd
Product Design and Associated Manufacturing: Mozer Studios
JMA Team: Jordan Mozer, Jeff Carloss, Tim Schwarz and Larry Traxler
MGM/Mirage Design Group: Sven Van Asche, Joyen Vakil
Contractor: W.G. Yates and Sons Construction Co
Engineering: Mechanical - Finnegan Erickson Associates Consulting Engineers
Electrical - RHR Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Photography: Doug Snower
From Travel Weekly: “… Anna Mae, a chic Pan-Asian restaurant, serves the area's freshest sushi as well as traditional Asian cuisine. Diners can sit at a teppan yaki table, where the chefs turn cooking into live theater. At Port House, the resort's signature restaurant, guests dine on prime dry-aged beef and fresh lobster prepared 17 different ways…”