El Cucuy is a street-style Mexican antojitos restaurant and bar located in the Irish Channel in New Orleans. The project consisted of converting a 2,400-square-foot shotgun home into a lively outdoor dining destination that evokes a blend of South American folklore, heavy metal music, and southern hospitality. The manipulation of wood became a common theme for creating seating, planters, and visual cues for circulation paths. Crushed gravel was used for water mitigation and to provide an organic aesthetic. The restaurant offers a lively interior dining space and bar, as well as a bright, open exterior dining and entertainment area. Another key element of the project is the restored Airstream that anchors the rear of the outdoor seating area, and an accompanying shaded deck space for future entertainment. CICADA coordinated the overall design vision and permitting documents to bring this mythical monster-themed taco joint to life.
// Architect: CICADA
// General Contractor: NFT Group
// Photography: Michael Wong
CICADA coordinated the overall design vision to convert this shotgun home into a street-style Mexican antojitos restaurant and bar in New Orleans’ Irish Channel. A bright, open exterior dining area provides ample outdoor seating, anchored by a restored Airstream and accompanying shaded deck space for future entertainment in El Cucuy’s backyard.