Middle Brow is doing exciting things in the world of beer.  Their brew is sophisticated and approachable.  The owners are a great inspiration. Designing their new home base for their business was very rewarding.

The existing building that Bungalow occupies was once a dark room for the camera store next door.  The space was long, narrow and dark. The design team met that challenge by opening up the building and providing a sequence of spaces that take advantage of the length of the building by creating a series of experiences. The front area of the restaurant is designed as an informal café-like space. This area is used in the mornings to serve breakfast, coffee, and artisan bread that is made fresh on site. The scale of the space creates a relaxed environment and hosts a piano for those that may fancy a go.  A small retail area and a beautiful open bar and kitchen greet patrons when they walk into the building. Because the menu was kept simple (and delicious) we were able to keep most of the active kitchen out font, where people could watch the chef work.  The kitchen and bar are organized into two zones in order to keep things moving along smoothly.


Chicago, Illinois


Architecture, Interiors