Restaurant Development & Design

JUL-AUG 2018

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J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • 2 3 BOMBA Tacos & Rum Restaurateurs Elie Weiss and Andy Himmel of Paladar Latin Kitchen intended this multi-unit concept to be a casual, lively spot with tacos and rum. The first location opened in Cleveland suburb Rocky River in 2015. The second unit opened in Fairlawn, and the third is scheduled to open in Beachwood. Centered on a "live loud" feel, Richardson Design created a space focused on Latin culture and inspired by the sultry nature of the Puerto Rican bomba dance. Inside the 213-seat Fairlawn location, per- forated patina copper panels reminiscent of the colors of rum distilleries wrap around the walls and make an eye-catching display at the bar, which also features a natural walnut and bold magenta bar face. An elevator gate behind the hostess station and teal hurricane shutters add layers to the space and evoke the essence of a Cuban street. Booths offer more intimate dining, while communal tables and full-length retractable doors bring in warm breezes and allow for more socialization and a festive feel. Rich wood, brass accents found in his- torical Spanish furniture, and cigar boxes also adorn the space. Custom-designed wooden furniture and millwork draw inspira- tion from traditional Spanish carpentry. Images courtesy of BOMBA Tacos & Rum Melt Bar and Grilled After 12 years and two expansions since the original opening of this grilled cheese chain, now with 10 locations throughout Ohio, Owner Matt Fish felt it was time to revamp his first spot. For the new design of the 3,700-square-foot space, which took just 34 days to renovate, Fish paid homage to the 100-year-old history of the building with exposed brick, hardwood flooring, reclaimed barn wood, rich colors, starlight pendants, wall sconces, and an original tin ceiling that was cleaned and repainted. In addition, the original 1940s bar was sanded down and refinished. The building's ex- terior also received a fresh coat of paint. The renovation included a total overhaul of the open kitchen, a new host stand, the building of two additional restrooms, an upgraded draft beer system with 24 handles, and new tables, chairs, barstools and concrete floors. Antiques, artwork and other knickknacks in the space reflect an eclectic mix of Cleveland and Ohio memorabilia and culture. Images courtesy of Dallas Riffle Media

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