Food Gang

Surfside, FL

dash design

Photo by Daniel Aubry

"The client wanted to create a culture around food and wine. We designed a restaurant and gourmet shop that carries some of the world's finest French/Mediterranean-inspired foods.  The presentation is simple, but the food is of the highest quality. To reinforce this, we wanted the environment to be elegant without being intimidating. Instead of using tablecloths, I insisted that the client use real wood veneer on the tables. Since wood veneer has maintenance issues, the client proposed plastic laminate instead. I was quite disappointed when I saw the laminates their cabinet maker provided, and didn't think we could make this work. Architectural Systems, Inc. proved otherwise. I took the client to the ASI booth at the HDBoutique show in Miami, where they were displaying an amazing collection of decorative laminates that looked so real we couldn’t tell they were fake. We knew immediately that we'd found our solution. The tables are in and the restaurant, with its elegant yet casual atmosphere, is getting fabulous reviews!"

David Ashen, Principal, dash design