San Juan Grill is a restaurant offering high quality cuts of meat and specialising in Northern Mexican regional cuisine. Located at the Nuevo Sur development in Monterrey Mexico, the menu is a fusion of contemporary elements with honest, traditional Mexican food.
San Juan butchers shops have a historic presence in the city, so the owners decided to enrich it by creating a restaurant where they can pair their best products with a warm and straightforward dining experience.
The design reflects the origins and processes of the company which founded the restaurant, having started as a butcher’s shop in 1952, it grew to become the most successful chain of butcher’s shops in Monterrey; a city known for its traditional barbecues.
The space is divided into six areas, these consist of the terrace and entrance, bar, private dining area, grill area, bathrooms and kitchen/administration. Each zone is defined by suspended elements which accentuate and determine the space in three visual dimensions, highlighted by the contrasting materials and colour palette.
The mood integrates the butcher’s shop expertise and the food processes, and they have become part of the experience. Materials linked traditionally to the cattle industry have been used, such as iron, wood, leather and fire.
High back leather chairs look almost black under the warm glow of lighting in the cellar, while tan leather banquette seats are in the dining room. Iron shelving creates natural flow, breaking through the space and a range of different lighting fixtures are suspended from the ceilings.
The openness and height of the space was preserved, while the material palette was selected to reflect the traditional and contemporary image of the butcher’s shop. Natural materials like wood, leather and stone represent the agricultural beginnings, while more processed materials such as metal and glass divide and frame the five different interior areas where both past and present collide.
Simplifying the shapes and textures of a grazing range, a pattern was made for the terrace where plants divide the reception and waiting areas and frame the exterior space. The outdoor seating area has a more casual influence interspersed with low, faux wicker chairs. Large reflective surfaces add depth to the already capacious interior spaces.
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