Mexican restaurant, Munich, Germany
A true dream project, the development of a Mexican restaurant in Germany called upon the decades of experience and the unique talents of the Worldstudio International team.
Conceptual planning, naming, identity development, menus/recipe planning and interior design were all part of the project program implemented by chef and designer, David Sterling, as well as Keith Heitke and Worldstudio partners in New York City.
The restaurant – named "Milagros" by Sterling – is described as a "Modern Mexican Kitchen", and the interiors reflect that concept. Traditional Mexican motifs, such as carved wood furnishings and dramatic ironwork, are "modernized" with the juxtaposition of simple, bold colors. Whimsical Mexican papel picado forms are now interpreted as hanging lamps, the backs of wooden dining chairs, signage and packaging. Custom furnishings were all designed by Keith Heitke, and manufactured in Mexico.
Decorative nichos are filled with Mexican folk art and religious icons. Each nicho is devoted to a particular wish – LOVE, SEX, MONEY, HEALTH. A book rests beneath each nicho and diners are encouraged to write their wishes in the book, providing an entertaining pastime while they wait for their meals.
A large, curved bar serves as a fast-order taquería during the day, and a hip cocktail lounge at night. The open kitchen features a wood-burning oven and charcoal grills; diners watch their meals being prepared as performance art – all motifs that contribute to the "fast/fresh" concept of the food.