Westgroup Designs worked with Emmes Realty in the recently updated Centerview campus in Irvine, to design a full-service restaurant for operator, Porch and Swing. Collaborating with the impassioned restaurant concept owner, who has roots in Charleston, South Carolina and a celebrity following in Los Angeles, we translated his vision of the east coast low country vibe into the feature dining destination, with a bar and dining space which opens to the shared plaza.
A mix of industrial “chic” metal hardware and fixtures, combine with textural tile flooring, decorative cement tile detail, painted wood panels and rustic detailing, frame the dining and lounge area filled with comfortable, casual seating.
Folding glass wall panels wash the dining room with light, and open to integrate outdoor dining and walk-up service bar areas.
A private dining room features direct kitchen access and is fitted with simple detail, also enhanced with natural light and access to the outdoor patio.
The kitchen is a model of efficiency and simple function, while smartly finished in a bright palette of white and grey for low maintenance and the occasional tour from the proud Executive Chef. A true collaboration with the building owner, operator, construction team and WD, the environment reflects the philosophy of the concept; to deliver stellar product prepared with the highest quality ingredients with an environment that is relaxed, modern and always inviting. A well-deserved tribute to its roots, with true southern hospitality.