Imagining This Modern Mexican-Themed Stunner of a Restaurant at Fraser & Broadway

Restaurant Porn is a regular column of daydreams presented as a means to introduce Vancouver diners and designers to concepts, looks, and fully-formed ideas that they might draw an inkling of inspiration from. We do our best to pair the foreign rooms with local addresses so as to let everyone in on the fantasy.

ATX Cocina in Austin, Texas | All photos by Casey Dunn.

(via) Ceilings are an oft-neglected element in restaurant design, but that isn’t the case with this gorgeous eatery. (If you’ve ever been into skateboarding, dig the upside down half-pipe and quarter-pipe divided by a foot-wide spine!) Beyond that, it’s just overflowing with attention to detail. From its table edges and panel treatments to its myriad light fixtures and window screens, every facet and function of the space is a conversation piece.

WHAT IT IS: ATX Cocina is a Modern Mexican-themed restaurant designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The official verbiage:

“The dishes and drinks created at ATX begin with respect for the Mexican tradition and then molded into our own vision. The experience is meant to be shared. The excitement exuded from the kitchen create a communal atmosphere and vibe throughout the restaurant. The focus on natural and clean ingredients extends to the bar as well, which features organic agaves and curated tequilas and mezcals sourced from Mexico, hand-shaken margaritas, craft cocktails, freshly-squeezed juices, and an assortment of wine and beer.”

WHERE IT IS: It is located at the foot of a freshly constructed complex in downtown Austin, Texas.

WHERE WE WISH IT WAS: The relatively new concrete and glass street-level space on the northwest corner of Fraser and Broadway (across the street from Barbarella Pizzeria). Granted, there are a couple of Mexican restaurants nearby (Sal y Limon, El Cuervo), but a read of the menu here reveals it to be distant enough.

WHY WE WISH IT WAS THERE: This particular stretch of the Broadway is underserved and the address – to my knowledge – has yet to find a tenant.

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