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

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