Salsa Brava – Highlands Ranch

KEY ELEMENTS:  commercial / remodel / restaurant / 

This is now the third Salsa Brava restaurant in the region.  The design takes cues from the best elements of the two existing spaces and re-interprets and improves upon them to convert this former dark and dingy restaurant space into a bright, vibrant, and successful gathering space for the Highlands Ranch community just outside of Denver, CO.  Main design features include live plants and cacti, lots of light, and the warm, natural feel of real wood and brick.  The space includes a large horseshoe bar, multiple seating options, and the best patio in Highlands Ranch.  The patio is covered by a cedar trellis, warmed by a huge fireplace, and ambiance is provided by a cactus garden with water feature.  Access to the patio is through a large 14′x9′ disappearing wall that makes the interior space feel like it is a part of the exterior.

The restaurant has exceeded the Owner’s expectations, and the patrons rave about the architecture, many in disbelief that this could possibly be the same space as the restaurant that formerly occupied the building.

Location: Highlands Ranch, Colorado, Completion summer 2011

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