Smokin’ Fins Restaurant
Smokin’ Fins owner and chef focuses on high quality food and service. He sought a design that evokes the character of the preparation process, local surroundings and the community of Idaho Falls.
The restaurant has three distinct areas that blend and reflect special characteristics of Smokin’ Fins. A primary element is house-smoked meat and fish. The guest is greeted with a warm welcome and a wood rack that allows views to an elevated fire table area.
Charred wood on the walls, industrial bar rack, lighting and fireplace play homage to the smoking process which is used to create the menu. The bar has an open feel and allows for conversation with someone next to you or even across the bar. There are two different dining areas, one for private parties and the main dining area. In the dining area, curved ceiling features create more intimate settings. The ceiling features and decorative wall panels evoke movement that is drawn from the falls which diners can see as they enjoy their meal at Smokin’ Fins.
A warm palette was used to create a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy a meal. Interior materials specified were based off the client’s standard palette used in other restaurants and expanded upon for this application. Warm rust is offset with a soft blue/green and grounded with dark brown tones. A curved wood ceiling and textured wall feature add a special touch to the space. Both elements are standard running line products and did not require custom time frame and therefore did not increase cost.
CSHQA provided full service architectural, interior, lighting and engineering design for the tenant space in The Broadway, a mixed-use development also designed by CSHQA. A virtual reality model was developed to enable the client to see the preliminary layout and adjacencies of the entry, restaurant, bar and kitchen spaces.