CDA partnered with Guzman y Gomez to introduce the most popular Mexican chain from Australia to North America. In translating the design from the Australian standards, the CDA team had to take into consideration not only the availability of prototype materials from across the ocean, but ADA, life safety, and health requirements unique to the United States.
The US opening had been four years in the making, having considered 100 locations throughout
the country. Located in Naperville, IL, the chosen location features varied seating opportunities to satisfy the brand’s wide demographics, an original mural from Mexico, and a feature green wall which also serves the purpose of wayfinding and queuing. With a drive-thru component, large-scale vestibule, and ample parking, the restaurant has been extremely successful in pivoting to a drive-thru, delivery, and curbside pick-up model to continue serving the community during the pandemic.