Red O - Restaurant Design

Living in Los Angeles, I see a different restaurant opening up almost every weekend.  This last weekend was no exception.  As I drove down Melrose Ave I spotted this amazing structure that immediately caught my eye.  It's called Red O and it boasts a mouth watering Mexican style menu created by Chef Rick Bayless (a recent Top Chef Masters finalist - one of my favorite TV shows!).  Although I find myself in the residential world of interior design, I can't help but get excited by commercial projects like this:
This shot was taken while construction was still underway. It looks much more dramatic in person - especially at night when the lights are angled just right.

The interior is even more exciting than the exterior:
Guests travel through this wonderful "Tequila Tunnel" that displays the restaurants wide array of various tequilas.
The main bar features leather swing-like chairs and bent Walnut circular shelves. As you can see, the space makes quite a transformation from day to night.

The Dining Atrium has a great open feel with 25' ceilings.

I love all the different seating areas available.  It would be a great place to hold a dinner party because of the separation of spaces.

I hope to follow-up with a full food report one of these days!!