ST. KILDA - TEMPLE
A long-term coffee shop tenant vacated their space in the historic Temple for Performing Arts Building due to perceived lack of seating space. St. Kilda owners were enthusiastic to expand their brand to this part of downtown, but required close to 50 seats to deem it viable. The previous coffee shop had 12 seats, so the challenge was to find a creative way to redesign the space to enlarge seating capacity while also adding a full-service restaurant kitchen.
A 12-foot sliding wall panel was added to connect the dining room to the building lobby to house 4 additional tables.
The circulation pathway into the space was revised by closing off the current front door and utilizing the lobby entry, thus creating another dining room space free of a walkway and central doorway.
The resulting restaurant features a central, full service bar, kitchen, and seating for 49 patrons not including additional outdoor patio seating for 20.
Des Moines, Iowa
Ben Easter Photography