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Open> Connie & Ted's Restaurant
(fer) studio adds distinctive California style to a West Hollywood clam shack.
Noe Montes

Connie & Ted’s
8171 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood
Tel: 323.848.CRAB
Architect: (fer) studio

West Hollywood is one of the least likely places in the world to see a New England–style clam shack. So when the architects at (fer) studio got a commission from the owners of popular seafood restaurant Providence to design one they changed things up a bit. Built in the shell of the old Silver Spoon restaurant, a beloved local diner that had seen better days, the restaurant still has a New England nautical theme, but it is all California.


A giant, arching, cantilevered wood framed red canopy billows out from the restaurant like a sail or even a shell. From the street, diners ascend a path up to the dining porch, filled with suspended red “boats” that house heating and LED lighting. The interior can be seen through a curving “S” shaped glass wall. Inside, old school elements like letter board menus, pinned order tags, exposed exhaust systems, and hanging metal lights invoking lobster traps are offset with a bright red palette, warm wood finishes, lots of natural light, and a curving bar that makes its way through nearly the entire space.

Sam Lubell