Puesto Restaurant, San Diego

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Puesto Restaurant

Puesto is a celebration of authentic Mexican “street food,” and its newest location in an old jail building in San Diego provided a perfect opportunity to evoke all of the sights, sounds and textures one associates with Mexico and southern California culture.  In transforming the industrial space, Thomas realized that, instead of attempting to obscure or “clean up” the distressed architecture, it would be far more evocative to preserve the rustic, sensual textures, using them as inspiration for the overall look.  On top of this, we added a number of modern elements, such as two murals by a graffiti artist, that express a typically Mexican love of color.

WINNER: 2014 Gold Key Award for Best Restaurant - Casual Dining