Laguna Beach, California
This tropical restaurant, combined with retail, occupies the street level of a historical building in downtown Laguna Beach. With little parking and located one block from the ocean, special safety considerations were made for the hundreds of vacationing tourists. The ceiling was constructed of wood board and beams. Veneer plaster was used on the walls and the hickory floor, carbonized in Minnesota and also known also as North American Teak, was used to obtain a deck floor look. The retail casework was also made from carbonized hickory along with mahogany and bamboo veneers. The dining area included a full bar with a custom wood end grain counter top. Custom lighting fixtures were installed throughout and the casework had louvered fronts of carbonized hickory. The dining are was separated from the kitchen using a glass wall allowing guests to view the food preparation.