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La Famosa

La Famosa

GrizForm Design Architects
Washington, DC, USA | View Map
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Kristopher Ilich

La Famosa

GrizForm Design Architects as Architects

Located in Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard at 1300 4th Street, SE in The Bower is La Famosa, designed by award-winning GrizForm Design Architects. Destined to be the all-encompassing, one-stop-shop for travelers and locals alike, the fast-fine restaurant boasts Puerto Rican roots, a Latin-Caribbean twist, and the grit of the Capital City. 


Serving all-day coffee, lunch, and dinner, La Famosa’s design concept draws inspiration from Chef Joancarlo Parkhurst’s strong sense of nostalgia for the “las casitas” that sprinkle the countryside of Puerto Rico. The casita reference is central to the space, housing a communal table “hut” that creates a natural flow throughout the restaurant for entering, ordering, seating, or exiting. Extending a tribute to Puerto Rico’s vibrancy, the design team thoughtfully selected design features, materials, and finishes that lend a fun, slightly irreverent, but always inviting aesthetic. 


Upon entering La Famosa, guests are greeted by the eatery’s order station, outfitted with a grooved metal fascia and detailed ‘letter board’ menus displayed on a white subway-tiled wall. If not mesmerized by the extensive pastry and coffee offerings, patrons will find the space’s Caribbean-flavored, leaf-patterned wallpaper of soft blues and pinks—juxtaposing the eye-catching green, blue, and orange color palette seen throughout—above the La Famosa menus. 


Moving through the space, the restaurant’s spirited bar, with seven, brightly colored bar stools, comes into full view. Breezeblocks light the concrete bar while the stenciled concrete floor pattern contrasts the space’s finer finishes—such as pink glazed brick tile and warm textured wood flooring found throughout the designated dining area. Contributing to the Puerto Rican and Latin-Caribbean flare, an array of eye-catching colors such as royal blue, bright orange, and energetic green are used for seating throughout the restaurant. 


La Famosa’s design elements are softened with greenery, exposed piping wrapped with Manilla rope, beautifully-woven rattan light fixtures floating above, and cozy swing seating in the window—alluding to sitting on the porch of a casita and embracing the sense of community and belonging. 


Material Used :
1. Flooring: Reclaimed Wood Flooring, Settler’s Plank Mixed Hardwoods, Pioneer Millworks
2. Bar Front Tile: Patterned tile, Scirocco-H2A, Arto
3. Back Bar Tile: Glazed pink porcelain tile, Riviera Malvarros Glazed Wall Tile, Architectural Ceramics
4. Bar Bulkhead Screen: MDF screen, Square Screen, Interlam
5. Interior lighting: Custom Sconce Lighting, Century
6. Wallcovering: Custom Colored Palm Wallcovering, Deliciousness, Sparkk/ Maak

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Back Bar TileArchitessa
Bar Front Tile: Patterned tileArto
Bar Bulkhead Screen: MDF screenInterlam Corp.
Flooring: Reclaimed Wood FlooringPioneer Millworks
Product Spec Sheet
Back Bar Tile
Riviera Malvarros Glazed Wall Tile by Architessa
Bar Front Tile: Patterned tile
Scirocco-H2A by Arto
Bar Bulkhead Screen: MDF screen
Square Screen by Interlam Corp.
Flooring: Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Settler’s Plank Mixed Hardwoods by Pioneer Millworks
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