Auto repair shops have proven irresistible as reclamation projects for architects and restaurateurs. The high ceilings! The roll-up doors! The lingering fumes! Well, maybe not that last one.

Anyway, most of these recycled spaces are used to hit the customer over the head with a rustic Brooklyn-y vibe, which makes it so refreshing to see that an auto repair shop in Brooklyn can be reborn as a bright, attractive restaurant. That restaurant is Missy Robbins’s new Italian hit Lilia. Here’s the chef telling the story of this inspired interior makeover in the latest installment of the Food Republic video series Design Details.