Already responsible for the designs of Uchi, Fino, Malverde, and La Condesa, Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture can now add another notch to its belt of local restaurants. The firm collaborated with brand development company FÖDA Studio to design
FÖDA took its inspiration from the aesthetics of Mesoamerican textiles and pottery in creating the typographical motif found throughout the space. Stylized letters from the restaurant’s name coat a backlit entryway foyer. The same symbols make an appearance beneath the glass tops of wooden dining tables. The project was several years in the making; conceived when chavez chef Shawn Cirkiel was approached by the Radisson and offered complete creative control in updating the hotel’s eating options. From both an architectural and gastronomic perspective, the resulting effort is a step forward from its casual dining predecessor and a sign of Austin’s maturity.