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LocoL opened to massive crowds with an interior designed by veteran restaurant designer Scott Kester in an area of L.A. not typically frequented by foodies. Kester’s utilitarian interior gives LocoL the look of a professional kitchen—sleek subway tiles framed by black plywood and stainless steel—while keeping true to Choi’s reputation for casual, experiential dining experiences. The ceiling is decorated with geometrically-arranged tube lights, while “pixelated,” unpainted plywood seating and tables are arranged below. This interior furniture is freestanding so patrons can rearrange it as necessary. “We tried to blend an open, welcome feeling with simple playful forms,” Kester explained. The dining room is reminiscent of a food truck waiting area, with patrons pointed toward the kitchen where focused cooks assemble their signature two dollar foldie sandwiches and six dollar chili rice bowls.
That seating area continues onto a patio designed by Eagle Rock-based landscape architects Superjacent; some of the patio’s seating elements become planters for succulents. “Our design intent for the project was to create landscape strategies and public spaces to best connect LocoL to the community of Watts,” Superjacent principal Chris Torres told AN. “LocoL is about community and bringing the best food possible to the widest audience,” he added.
Watts LocoL is located at 1950 East 103rd Street, Los Angeles, CA.
The owners of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in southern Delaware are known for creating “off-centered ales” and, naturally, off-centered places to enjoy them. The newest offering is Chesapeake & Maine, a seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, that explores nautical themes without resorting to clichés.
The 150-seat restaurant opened in March, next to the Dogfish Head Brewhouse. The architect for the exterior was DIGSAU of Philadelphia. The interior was designed by Otto Architects of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione and his wife, vice president Mariah. The first sign of whimsy is the front facade reminiscent of a lobster trap. Inside, a vintage Russian diving suit in a glass case, porthole windows, shark-shaped beer tap handles, and boat cleat door knobs, continue the oceanic vibe.
Artwork is used extensively: Chicago artist Jon Langford reinterpreted music legends as seafarers; Travis Louie created Gothic portraits of sea creatures; and illustrator Tony Millionaire contributed a map mural. “We wanted to create a nautical theme, but not by hanging life preservers and fish nets on the walls,” said Joshua Otto, the founder of Otto Architects. It was very much a collaboration with the Calagiones, he emphasized. “They have a unique eye.”
Wine supplier to the British royal family unveils enchanting new cellar by MJP Architects and Short & Associates
New York City's iconic Four Seasons Restaurant inside the Seagram Building is at the center of a renovation dispute
As the team from Latent Productions described the building, head baker Peter Endriss and staff passed small plates including pickled vegetables with chopped egg, whitefish salad with sliced baguette, heirloom tomato soup, and sliced sausage with sauerkraut. Endriss, previously head baker at Thomas Keller's Per Se, reserved one surprise for tour attendees returning from 285 3rd Avenue's upper floors: his signature rye flour and toasted caraway brownies.