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El Barrio
2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL

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Appleseed Workshop took the old Storkland Furniture Warehouse and re-purposed it into a multi-tennant building. From top to bottom, every square inch of this unique space serves a purpose, but the heart and soul of the building is the clean-lined urban eatery known as El Barrio (The Village). They serve a Mexican-Fusion cuisine made with traditional qualities and local ingredients. The atmosphere of the restaurant is humble, but inviting.  Design Build collaborative of Appleseed Workshop and KDag Designs worked diligently and purposefully to create details in the space that beg to be touched and experienced. From the beautiful reclaimed heart-pine booths to the folk-art style mural, every detail was considered for the enjoyment of the customer. The original bones of the project were preserved for historical purposes and accented with architecture and furniture from local artisans. The original heart-pine floors bring warmth to the space and invite you to get comfortable and have the best margarita in town.



About the Project
OpportunitiesBuilding developer, Wade Smith, made the decision to install a world class restaurant, a two-story parking garage, 20 units of self storage, and his own residence into the old Storkland Furniture Warehouse. He did all of this in a 10,000-square-foot 19th century brick building in the heart of the loft district in downtown Birmingham. Appleseed has some words of advice when it comes to putting a two-story parking garage into a 100 year old building: don't do it. In all seriousness, though, that particular portion of this project did prove to be pretty challenging, but as with any trial, offered lots of opportunities for growth and improvement. There were also several "firsts" for Appleseed in this project, such as, a plunger style hydrolic elevator, installation of a whole kitchen vent-hood, and back-lit onyx countertops.
Awards/Press2012 AIA Awards Honorable Mention Commercial Category
SpecialtiesKathy D'Agostino of KDag Designs lead the design of the interiors.  Custom furniture and fixtures are the highlight of the space. A stunning hand-painted mural runs the length of the west-facing wall. The steel tables and drink rests were hand crafted by Appleseed. The bench seating is "carved" into the wall and wrapped in reclaimed heart-pine that was salvaged from a local mill. A custom concrete bar top is set upon a steel bar front with festive wooden stools, created by a local artisan, underneath.

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