Best Design – Limited-Service Restaurant
Winner: Tocaya Organica, Studio City, Calif.
Foodservice Design, Construction and Equipment: TriMark USA, Irvine, Calif.
Owner: One Table Restaurant Brands, Los Angeles
Architects: Design Development, Agoura Hills, Calif.
Interior and Architectural Design: Monochrome, Los Angeles
Contractor: HW Holmes Inc., Camarillo, Calif.
The team behind Tocaya Organica created an immersive, elevated fast-casual dining experience that catered to both on and off-premises diners. Most of the restaurant is below street level, which created some challenges for the team. The judges felt it was “spacious with a nice design aesthetic.” They liked “the patio and the use of indoor/outdoor space” because it has “a very organic feeling, and the kitchen design is well laid out: every inch was used.” Ultimately, “it felt much more upscale, beyond fast-casual but not pretentious.”
Images courtesy of Ryan Forbes