Diablo Royale, 167 Avenue

Client: Jason Hennings
New York City, NY | 2010

This gut renovation duplex restaurant posed a challenge for us architects having to navigate the intricate and multiple code and zoning regulations in satisfying the owner's need for a downstairs preparation and lounge space and a rear occupiable yard, all while interfacing with the tenement building it occupies (and the vocally opposed neighbors). It is a richly appointed space, and the credit for its design belongs to the inventive imagination of its well established restaurant owner. Alas, as is the fate of many restaurants, it proved to be a popular success, but less so a financial one. Having been closed in 2013, it lives on primarily in the happy recantations of its satisfied patrons (and in photos of its proud architect).