2,000 SF, 75 Seat
Cuco’s Mexican Cafe, located at 72 Dexter Avenue, involved heavy renovations to a vacant building originally constructed in the 1800s. The project included removing existing tile to reveal the original brick facade and second floor openings. A new storefront and metal balcony were designed based on historic photos. On the interior, all new utilities were run and a new concrete slab was poured. The wood framed structure was stabilized and repaired. Plaster was removed from the brickwork, and a steel column and beam bracing system was installed to stabilize the structure. The restaurant is designed to be an industrial, modern cafe including long booth seating for group events, a bar, flexible table and chair seating, and a full kitchen and waiter station. LED track lighting illuminates hand embroidered Otomi fabric created by artists in the Owner’s home region of Mexico. Sarape fabric is used as upholstery for chairs in the dining area. Recessed LED strip lights wash the brickwork, while fur-downs for HVAC ductwork create more intimate seating areas and architectural features. Classic, white subway tile laid in a herringbone pattern creates a decorative, cleanable surface behind the bar. Old shipping pallets are repurposed to create a feature wall at the back of the restaurant.