Location: Forest Park, Illinois
By expanding the space to include two levels, Brent Widler and a team of architects were able to give Caffe De Luca’s owner several uses at one address. The first floor now includes a curved bar running the length of the space, a main dining area and French doors that lead to an outdoor seating area. The second floor holds an extended dining room, a party room, and a two-seat balcony that overlooks downtown Forest Park.
In addition to the functionality of the space, aesthetics played a crucial role in this design. Faux cobblestone flooring, walls clad in brick, and hinged overhead street lamps give diners the feel of a street espresso bar in ancient Italy.
Brent Widler – Project Architect / Designer for TKA Partners