Make Room for Truman

550 W Touhy Ave, Park Ridge, IL


The Partnership

A new concept for a longtime collaborative client, CDA was tasked with reinventing the experience for an existing restaurant in the charming downtown neighborhood of Park Ridge, IL.

The Highlights

With a focus on a modern twist on classic American fare, the interior design followed suite with a modern interpretation of the rural persona that brings farm fresh quality ingredients to their menu.  Maintaining the existing footprint of what was another restaurant within the Brand's line-up, the previous dark and heavy interiors were revitalized with a lighter, brighter overhaul in terms of the overall palette and materials.

Contemporary nods to the pasture lifestyle are celebrated through eclectic art installations of agricultural tools, antique plates, masonry jars, even a twist on on Grant Wood's modernist painting 'American Gothic'.  Textures throughout are reminiscent of a modern farmhouse style with butcher block tables, ship-lap walls and white shutters used as spatial dividers.

Restaurant has since closed.

Make Room for Truman storefront in the twilight hourBrightly lit dining roomDining room with farm tools on the wallExterior at early eveningBar and dining areaDining room with square tablesInterior with shelving and plates hung from the wallsDetail of bar and barstools