Restaurants Portfolio

With over 25 years of restaurant experience, Dick Clark Architecture continues to provide creative design with a knowledgeable and comprehensive understanding of restaurants, bars and cafes. We bring our studied knowledge of restaurant operations, kitchen equipment and the interconnectivity of cook lines and wait staff together with an attention to design and detail for the public areas of each restaurant. Combined with the owner's specific goals, this approach allows us to deliver successful award-winning restaurants and bars. With numerous IIDA and AIA awards, Dick Clark Architecture continues to be rooted in the Austin social scene.
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Located in the Victory Park development in Dallas, Kenichi provides more than raw fish - it serves a scene. The two story sushi restaurant functions as an eatery, lounge, and transforms into a club late in the evening. People go to eat, to hear, to see, and to be seen. It is a space that evolves with the progression of the evening. Translucent curtains provide privacy for intimate diners in generous booths. Glass rails on the second level give diners above views of revelers below. Opulent fabrics, richly stained wood, delicately lit wine cellars and artfully served cuisine create a truly lavish experience.
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The Grove Wine Bar was designed with the restaurateurs’ most basic intentions in mind: good friends, good food and good wine. The budget-conscious project’s design draws upon a natural setting to create a casual neighborhood hangout centered around a grove of live oaks. The grove is internally connected to Lola Savannah, a neighborhood coffee shop and wine bar. Lola Savannah Coffee Lounge pairs the finest in organic coffees with a diverse selection of wines to create a unique place to start or end each day. A vivid textile banquette at the end of the lounge extends up to the 18’ high ceiling.
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The owners of Dolce Neve sought to bring traditionally prepared gelato to the eclectic South First neighborhood. Nestled between a tattoo parlor and a law office, this authentic gelato shop stands on its own as an integrated part of the patchwork that is South Austin.
Photography by Mark Adams Media

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The project was based on creating a new identity for a 5,000 square foot restaurant located in a historic building in Austin's Warehouse District. The design incorporates a bright blue steel frame and cantilevered canopy that contrast with the existing brick structure and clearly marks the entry. Bold print carpet, painted glass bar tops, and bright colored framed ceiling drops create a light and modern atmosphere.

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Annie's Cafe & Bar is a modern brasserie in the heart of downtown Austin on Congress Avenue. The restaurant reinvigorates an historic building and brings new life to street with its sidewalk cafe and large windows.

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The Hangar Lounge captures the allure and excitement of airline travel in the 1950's. The 2600 s.f. bar is furnished with a selection of mid-century modern furniture, including molded plastic dowel leg Eames chairs and custom upholstered benches. The rooftop terrace is serviced from a bar that is housed in an original quonset hut structure.

Photography by Dave Bolch.

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Key Bar was a renovation of an existing gas and service station into a patio bar. Primarily a covered outdoor deck, the patio opens to the street for maximum visibility. Climate control relies on fans and misters for the summer months and radiant heaters and exterior curtains for the colder days. Large glass roll up doors, exposed trusses and industrial detailing remain referential to the original building.

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Built with rough and reclaimed wood and decorative pressed tin, the brewery and restaurant are distinctly Texas rustic and have a comfortable down-home feeling of traditional barbeque joints. Large garage doors open to the spectacular sunset views of Lake Travis. The two-story restaurant has generous seating areas, three bars, a private dining room and an expansive outdoor bar and live music venue on the upper level. Both levels are designed to showcase the large in-house brewery that operates on both floors of the restaurant. Large balconies position diners to take in the dramatic Lake Travis views outside.
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Done in collaboration with interior design by Candice Schiller of Schiller Del Grande Restaurant Group, Soleil draws inspiration from the colors for which this Lake Travis location is best known. The deep blues of the lake and the fiery orange and red hues of the setting sun are set against a muted backdrop of weathered, worn wood. Generous balconies accommodate outdoor seating with exceptional sunset views while the perimeter doors invite cool breezes to flow into the core of the restaurant. The Azure Lounge and breezeway provide a relaxed environment to enjoy a respite from the sun or after dinner drinks.
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The challenge in renovating this warehouse in downtown Austin was to retain as much of the original structure as possible while creating a dramatic identity for a new sushi restaurant. An exterior of black granite and gray ceramic tile creates a striking presence on the street. In the evening the black granite façade fades into the night sky, framing views of an elegant and dramatic interior. Unique features include a plate steel sign that doubles as a security gate, a textured granite “waterwall” and custom plate and glass storage boxes that hang from the ceiling.

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This 3000 square foot neighborhood eatery sought an atmosphere that would accommodate both intimate dining and lively dinner groups. Inspired by the menu of Mediterranean cuisine, a screen of wood and obscured glass subtly recalls traditional Greek patterns and provides an elegant backdrop for the dining space and bar. Fabric wall treatments underscore the dramatic setting, while the richly stained wood, translucent glass, and tones of green and orange fuse contemporary and traditional textures and colors.

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The design of this steakhouse fuses art deco stylistic elements with traditional wine cellar detailing. The project involved coordination of the restaurant and planning with the existing Scarborough building. Warm colors and lush textiles complement the rich oak woodwork to give the lounge and restaurant a comfortable, yet elegant and timeless steakhouse. The indirect lighting of the vaulted ceilings and custom wine racks further accentuate the dining rooms.

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This design for a local ice cream company incorporates a flagship restaurant, corporate offices and a manufacturing facility. The client envisioned the restaurant to become a neighborhood meeting place for friends and family. Children and parents are treated to tours of how the ice cream is made and can enjoy their ice cream in the large outdoor seating area and playground. Glass garage doors and corrugated metal siding contrast against bright colors and creative signage, giving the building an industrial, yet playful feel.

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This project transformed a 10,000 square foot movie theater into a premier Asian buffet restaurant. A perforated aluminum screen veils the exterior and serves as signage for the restaurant. Two tilt-up concrete panels were removed to introduce light into the main dining areas. The sinuous vaulted ceiling and custom bamboo furnishings create a clean, contemporary and dynamic space.

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The goal was to create a distinct personality for this Japanese restaurant while working with a limited budget. Inspiration for the overall design was based on traditional Japanese elements. Simple wall and ceiling forms combine with an earth tone color palette to produce a clean and contemporary aesthetic. The custom light fixture delicately suspended in the dining room is constructed of fabric and translucent panels. The light fixture provides a modern accent to the dark traditional furnishings of the space.

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Inspired by the modern lines of an existing 1950’s paint store, this renovation let the building’s strong formal qualities create the backdrop for an exciting arrangement of interior elements. The result is an upscale, comfortable locale suitable for reading the paper while having a cocktail or for meeting friends after work. Star Bar is an exhilarating addition to Austin’s popular Sixth Street.

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