MEXICAN STREET FOOD + BAR, OTTAWA CANADA, 2015
Working closely with renowned chef Rene Rodríguez, Ace Mercado was crafted as a restaurant deeply rooted with Mexican street style cuisine. The bar as the visual centerpiece of the restaurant stimulates the bustling and congregating of a Mexican market. This custom rectangular showpiece demanded careful detailing to suspend a hefty raw steel bulkhead for an extensive display of Tequilas. Aligned directly below lays the bar, formed of concrete and reinforced reclaimed wood covered with hand painted Banksy inspired illustrations. It has become the desired gathering spot for patrons to experience Mexican food & drink. Antiques brought back from Guadalajara and Huichol skulls from a Mexico City market add authenticity to the space. To complete the project, Kayla was commissioned to paint a piece for the private dining room - Mexican Gothic – her parody on Grant Wood’s famous dual portrait.