Restaurant Development & Design

July-August 2017

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2 6 • S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T • J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 RENOVATION AND REMODELS EQUAL BIG RETURNS Even restaurants being remodeled in sunny Los Angeles, Calif. must meet codes. That's why the design team behind Laurel Point in Studio City turned to Crossville for creative tile solutions. Crossville's Buenos Aires Mood collection provided the unique look the team was seeking for an outdoor patio area and also answered the technical and perfor- mance characteristics required for this bustling, renovated restaurant space. Kelly Architects, the team retained by Grill Concepts Inc. to design Laurel Point, faced a daunting task with the renovation. The goal was to design a millennial-friendly seafood restaurant that would attract crowds in a competi- tive market. However, the space the team had to work with came with chal- lenges. The restaurant that previously occupied the small space had been there for 23 years. Kelly Architects had to be very creative in devising a trans- formation of the outdated space with its limited footprint. From the get-go, tile played a pivotal role in the overall design. To bring a modern cache to the seafood restaurant concept, the design team took inspiration from natural elements as well as Norwegian boathouses. The tile floor served as a foundational aspect of the look, but it also had to be carefully installed and provide the right technical performance required for the demanding commercial space. "The patio floor was designed to resemble a fish spine," explains Jen Smith with Kelly Architects. "By using Crossville's Buenos Aires tile in a 6" x 36" we were able to achieve this design while being able to work with the sloped, water-proofed patio floor." The design team was able to meet codes for exterior spaces while attain- ing the look and style Los Angeles is known for by specifying Buenos Aires Mood in contrasting finish options. The proper blend of textured finish tiles with exceptional DCOF (dynamic coefficient of friction) and tiles in the polished finish answers the need for surfacing suited for exterior installation, without sacrificing the desired aesthetic the design team envisioned. Case Study: Laurel Point in Studio City Crossville's Buenos Aires tiles allowed the design team to meet exterior codes while attaining the look and style for which L.A. is known.

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