Bayleaf is a new vegetarian restaurant on 47th and division. They built their own building, complete with parking (a fucking rarity ’round here). Everything about this restaurant bothers me in some small way–but not enough to really care. The building is bland, inside and out, of stripmall-style construction and green tea paint scheme. The art on the wall is the same art you’ll find attached to the walls of cut-rate day spas and ‘asian themed’ red roof inns. In a city where restaurant spaces are either designed extremely well or extremely poorly (on purpose), Bayleaf occupies an uncomfortable space betwixt–not designed well enough to have soul, not designed poorly enough to have character–just, well, bland.