Five years ago Intelligentsia Coffee opened in Silver Lake—the company’s first Los Angeles location. The space, designed by Bestor Architecture and prominently featuring Granada Tile‘s cement tile in our Fez pattern around the cafe (as floor tiles and as wall tiles), won praise and ultimately an AIA award for excellence in the cafe/bar category. In 2012, we’re pleased to report, the AIA Los Angeles has recognized another of Barbara Bestor’s local projects. A panel of judges, including chefs Evan Kleiman and Michael Voltaggio and architect Mark Rios, has nominated the newly remodeled Beachwood Cafe (complete with Granada Tile’s concrete tiles) for a Restaurant Design Award in the restaurant category. Bestor took an existing restaurant space in Beachwood Canyon and transformed it into a cozy, homey environment—the perfect neighborhood joint. Mixing materials (rough-hewn wood beams, painted-wood paneling, our own cement floor tiles in our Khufu tile design, and wallpaper), Bestor created a lively environment great to grab a quick cup of coffee or to enjoy a leisurely weekend breakfast with friends and family.
To show your love for Barbara and Beachwood Cafe vote for Beachwood Cafe as a People’s Choice winner in the restaurant category! The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 22nd, at the Dwell on Design conference at the LA Convention Center. We’ll be sure to report back with the results! And, don’t forget to visit, too! It’s located at 2695 North Beachwood Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90068. Call them at (323) 871-1717. They’re open Tuesday through Friday from 10 in the morning till 10 at night; on Saturday from eight am till 10 pm and Sunday from eight am till three pm.