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June 28, 2013
As much as we dine out for tasty treats, a restaurant’s atmosphere is at least half of the fun; we share some of our favorite designs here.
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  Portland, Oregon's Stumptown Coffee Roasters' west coast outpost is located in the trendy Ace Hotel's lobby. Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams decked out the walnut bar and enormous light with brass trimming, high-gloss painted wood shelves that are stacked with juicers and jars, and flooring got clad in travertine.

    Portland, Oregon's Stumptown Coffee Roasters' west coast outpost is located in the trendy Ace Hotel's lobby. Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams decked out the walnut bar and enormous light with brass trimming, high-gloss painted wood shelves that are stacked with juicers and jars, and flooring got clad in travertine.

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  The rustic wooden interior of San Francisco’s Outerlands is as much of a draw to the celebrated Outer Sunset eatery as its famous loaves of bread, which are baked in-house, daily.

    The rustic wooden interior of San Francisco’s Outerlands is as much of a draw to the celebrated Outer Sunset eatery as its famous loaves of bread, which are baked in-house, daily.

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  A coffee kiosk in Torquay, Australia, is clad in reclaimed Cor-Ten steel sheet piles to reference the local beachside landscape and culture. Local architect Tony Hobba designed the structure, which looks modern, to feels like it's been part of the coastline for years, and used his materials wisely (the metal used in the envelope was used as temporary formwork during the 2010 floods in Victoria).

    A coffee kiosk in Torquay, Australia, is clad in reclaimed Cor-Ten steel sheet piles to reference the local beachside landscape and culture. Local architect Tony Hobba designed the structure, which looks modern, to feels like it's been part of the coastline for years, and used his materials wisely (the metal used in the envelope was used as temporary formwork during the 2010 floods in Victoria).

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  Roost, a restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina, taps into the local Slow Food community. Atlanta firm Johnson Studio used sustainable and locally sourced materials like limestone and oak in the 252-seat restaurant's design. Movable walls in the bar area open to a lively square where live bands frequently perform.

    Roost, a restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina, taps into the local Slow Food community. Atlanta firm Johnson Studio used sustainable and locally sourced materials like limestone and oak in the 252-seat restaurant's design. Movable walls in the bar area open to a lively square where live bands frequently perform.

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  Located in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Cafe Foam channels "Spanish temperament with Scandinavian cool," according to its designers, local firm Note. Indeed, the interior features the prototypical Scandinavian blonde wood and spare detailing with splashes of magenta that evoke a more fiery feeling—an unexpected mashup as the latitudes (not to mention the design sensibilities) of Spain and Sweden are about as far flung as one can get in Europe.

    Located in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Cafe Foam channels "Spanish temperament with Scandinavian cool," according to its designers, local firm Note. Indeed, the interior features the prototypical Scandinavian blonde wood and spare detailing with splashes of magenta that evoke a more fiery feeling—an unexpected mashup as the latitudes (not to mention the design sensibilities) of Spain and Sweden are about as far flung as one can get in Europe.

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters design by Ronan and Williams

Portland, Oregon's Stumptown Coffee Roasters' west coast outpost is located in the trendy Ace Hotel's lobby. Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams decked out the walnut bar and enormous light with brass trimming, high-gloss painted wood shelves that are stacked with juicers and jars, and flooring got clad in travertine.

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