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Restaurant Designed by Architecture Professor Named in Bon Appétit's 'America's Best New Restaurants 2018'

August 27, 2018

Scott Lawrence, assistant professor of architecture in the College of Art and Architecture, designed a Denver-based restaurant that was just named in Bon Appétit magazine as one of 2018's top 10 new restaurants in the country.

Lawrence and his firm, Nguyen Lawrence Architecture, converted an 800-square-foot home into a full-service restaurant that, according to Bon Appétit, has an "all-day café vibe." The restaurant transforms from a coffee shop and bakery during the day to a vibrant restaurant at night, which proved a significant design challenge, Lawrence said.

In addition to the design, Lawrence and his firm fabricated fixtures — custom lights and a bathroom faucet — and applied a wall finish in the restroom using phonebook pages and a neon sign.

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