This restaurant seeks to highlight the epicurean nature of espresso; the communal aspect of food; and the theatrical possibilities accompanying such interaction. The existing split-level space affords the user viewing and use opportunities. The bar is the focal point of the entry level and has a strong visual connection to the exterior patio and the interior seating areas at the upper level. Its continuous folded fir plane fulfills numerous roles - bar, stage, shelf, work surface - and literally links the two levels, connecting patrons with a shared experience.

Photography: Matthew Millman