Originally built in 1910 as Reno's Depot for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway. Our design goal was to bridge the rich history of the structure with a space that welcomed locals and visitors alike. Original details were restored, and modern detail added to both first & second floor dining and bar spaces.
Scope of Work: Concept Creation, Schematic Design, FF&E Specifications, Design Development and construction details
The Depot- Interior
The Depot- Exterior
The Depot- 2nd floor
Dryhop Brewers is a craft brewery and growler filling station, located in the East Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. As a Gastro brewpub, Dryhop focuses on creating high quality food with perfectly crafted beers. Kaper Design was brought on to execute precision and cohesion within the space, tying the food, beer, and interior together. With the overall concept being referred to as 'Your father's wood shop on a good day.'.
With the interior laid out and design direction in place, Kaper Design has been overseeing the day to day creation of a truly hand crafted space. Bringing together a team of local craftsmen and materials, we have been able to execute an interior fitting of the beer and food to be presented.
Scope of Work: Concept Creation, Schematic Design, FF&E Specifications, Design of custom tables, bar, and signage, Establishing Creative Collaborations, Overseeing day to day direction and implementation of design.
Design direction for DryHop Brewers
Material inspiration and direction
Custom exterior sign inspiration and direction
Shady's Burgers & Brewhaha
Shady's Burgers & Brewhaha was created as a neighborhood burger joint for the owners native Richardson, TX. Using an existing nail salon, we were challenged to create a welcoming and fun space, in which all demographics in the neighborhood could feel comfortable.
To achieve this, we primarily sourced local materials which were used throughout the space. We created zones within the space to better delineate the ordering counter, bar, and dining area and used traditional materials (doors, shutters, wood, and vintage signs) in non traditional applications to cut down cost while still providing a dynamic interior.
Scope of Work: Interior Layout, Schematic Design, Concept Creation, FF&E Specifications, Site visits to oversee construction and installations.
Foursided Custom Framing & Gifts is a well loved, local shop in the heart of Chicago. Kaper Design crafted a space that would showcase their extensive and ever changing range of artwork, frames, and gifts, but all pull everything together to create cohesion within the space. Rich grays, custom cabinetry, and a reclaimed wood wall are all components of their finished space.
The long space was broken up into public and private areas using a large dividing wall. The wall provides a focal point, drawing customers into the back of the space while also giving employees a defined work area.
A reclaimed barn wood wall was created to break up the customer journey and provide a rich backdrop to hung artwork.
Kaper Design designed custom cabinetry with large flat file drawers to hold extra frame samples, prints, and more.
Custom wood and steel shelving was created to maximize retail display space.
The Garage, home of The Salsa Truck, is a low brow lunch counter and food truck commissary located in Chicago's West Loop. Originally a horse stable for the Chicago Fire Department and most recently a cross fit gym, The Garage got a complete overhaul and now features a commercial kitchen, prep kitchen, truck loading zone, lunch counter, and retail space. Layout, floor plan, and design were completed by Kaper Design.
The Salsa Truck
The Salsa Truck is Chicago's first food truck to be granted a mobile food preparers license. Kaper Design created the graphics, logo, truck layout, and all other printed materials used in The Salsa Trucks branding and identity.
The Salsa Truck takes a modern spin on traditional Mexican street food. All graphics and identity material were designed with this in mind. We wanted to create a modern, fresh, and graphic logo that could be used in multiple channels.
Scope of Work: Logo, Branding, Identity, Packaging
The Savoy was inspired by Homer's Epic; The Odyssey. Turning the existing and narrow Mexican restaurant into a seafood-based space was our key challenge. Utilizing the idea of a journey well traveled, we defined the space into three areas, each with its own unique features. Each area takes the diner progressively deeper on their journey through the space. As you walk in, you enter a bright welcoming area with the oyster bar in full view. As you transition further into the space, you pass the open kitchen, main dining, and bar space all the while the space gets darker and more intimate. Culminating your journey is the back dining space filled with moody details and rich colors.
Scope of Work: Schematic Design, Feasibility, Layout and floor plan, Initial Design Direction and Development, Initial FF&E Specifications
Bang Bang Pie
Bang Bang Pie is a great local Pie shop located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. With a focus on fresh ingredients, the owners create unique spins on traditional recipes. Started as a Kickstarter project, Kaper Design offered their services to help create a unique space fitting of the owners personality, love of pie, and low budget.
In order to maximize the small footprint, we tucked the kitchen into the furthest end of the space allowing the maximum space for the guest while still minting a fully commercial kitchen. Keeping the kitchen in view allowed up to cut back on construction and gave the space a hand crafted nature that was carried through. With the initial concept of a circus, we wanted to create a fun and vibrant interior without taking the concept too literal. Bright colors and vintage finds help maintain the low budget and nod towards the circus inspiration.
Scope of Work: Feasibility, Schematic Design, Layout, Initial Design Direction.