El
Cucuy

Project
Info

  • Date
    June 2020
  • Status
    Complete
  • Location
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Size
    3,600 s.f.
  • Categories
    Hospitality
    Commercial
  • Service
    Architecture
  • Team members
    Seamus McGuire
    James Catalano

El Cucuy is a street-style Mexican restaurant located just outside the Irish Channel in New Orleans. The design challenge was understanding how to convert a 2,400 square foot shotgun home into a hip outdoor dining destination that evokes a vibe of South American folklore-meets-heavy metal music. Due to working within a conservative budget, utilizing conventional materials to create distinctive design moves was critical. The manipulation of wood became a common theme for creating seating, planters, and visual cues for circulation paths while also providing aesthetic warmth. Crushed gravel was used for both water mitigation purposes and to provide the ideal color and texture for the outdoor dining experience. The restaurant offers a modest 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. 

Overview

El Cucuy is a street-style Mexican restaurant located just outside the Irish Channel in New Orleans. The design challenge was understanding how to convert a 2,400 square foot shotgun home into a hip outdoor dining destination that evokes a vibe of South American folklore-meets-heavy metal music. Due to working within a conservative budget, utilizing conventional materials to create distinctive design moves was critical. The manipulation of wood became a common theme for creating seating, planters, and visual cues for circulation paths while also providing aesthetic warmth.


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