Darin and Greg Bresnitz have had more people in their Williamsburg kitchen than they can count —and most of them were strangers. For the past two years, their space has hosted the indie food reality show, “Dinner With the Band,” on the Independent Film Channel, giving a vast, anonymous audience a peek into their culinary hangout.
In addition to serving as home base for the show, the two-level studio/kitchen/crashpad serves as a salon for guests and musicians, and the Bresnitzes themselves. When it’s not entertaining the likes of chef Sam Mason or musicians Rufus Wainwright or Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, the kitchen hosts pop-up restaurants, chef demos, test cooking and independent video productions. The fusion of food, music and indie video is the brainchild of these media and TV entrepreneurs, who are identical twin brothers.
“We envisioned it as a semi-public spot where we host,” said Darin, 29, who is older by six minutes. “Part of the idea is that people come through here and feel at home.”
And they do that in the large kitchen that they say was “made for a manly effect, but with some comedy in it.”
Reclaimed wood shelves hold mostly vintage objects sourced by the brothers and design-savvy friends. And though the kitchen is commercially outfitted, there’s very much a down-home hipster feel to it, with odd animal-themed pieces, mix-and-match glassware, family pictures and antique tins.
The brothers spent about $150,000 with a contractor to remodel the space, formerly a makeshift studio for art and music rehearsals. They installed new lighting, walls and a bathroom, and extended the mezzanine to create a loft salon. They kept the original skylight — a wooden-framed glass dome with a hand crank.
And how is living and working together? Not an issue. Said Greg: “I can say this wouldn’t have happened without us being twins and brothers. To be able to live and work and have a space like this, you have to be able to be on the same page [and have] all the same core values.”