Crave restaurant owners set out with a bold idea – to offer high-end food without all the trappings of fine dining, and instead keep a family-friendly, blended atmosphere. They wanted this emphasis to be reflected in the design of the restaurant and envisioned a modern building that would stand out in the traditional setting of Eagle, Idaho. With those goals in mind, CSHQA designed a space with bold materials and building forms that would complement the bold flavors on the menu. Tilt-up concrete was used for its natural inherent properties, but the weathered gray finish was warmed with a “wood” siding for color balance.
At the main entrance, angled walls and dark grey concrete create a stark backdrop for the large, sculptural letters that make up the name of the restaurant. The backdrop can also change colors at night. The restaurant features a 7,464 square-foot main dining area, with a 1,062 square-foot first-floor patio and 843 square-foot rooftop patio. The first-floor patio includes a large fire pit that extends outdoor dining possibilities into colder months, while the rooftop provides views of the Boise Foothills that can be enjoyed while sipping a handcrafted beverage from the bar.
The main dining room allows flexibility between the bar and lounge areas, and a variety of seating styles and options are available. The selected lighting is designed to accentuate the floor details and seating fabrics. The client also had a goal of highlighting their wine offerings, so CSHQA designed a separate wine room. A private dining room is also available in the restaurant, with a large main table and side seating.