City: San Jose
Size: 4,200 square feet
Service: Branding and Design Services, Design Permitting, Construction Administration, interior Architecture
Client: Steve Wright and Doug Quist
Project Types: Restaurants
A unique dining experience
TOPA Architecture took this client’s vision for a one-of-a-kind dining experience and translated it into a brand and restaurant design with franchise potential. The inspiration for the design played on the restaurant’s theme of cooking and delivering meals on hot rocks, the vision for the 4,200 square-foot restaurant and bar was to take the diner out of the high-end shopping center location in North San Jose and transport them to the core of an active volcano. This discovery experience began at the lobby where a full wall “volcano” hid the interior of the restaurant. Vertical movement and vibrant paints in reds, oranges, and black embraced the theme. And materials in flame patterns and Moss Metal Panels in rock patterns supported the vision. With plenty of seating, the indoor/outdoor dining experience is facilitated by one of the first sets of roll-ups doors utilized in a restaurant setting in San Jose. TOPA Architecture created a one-of-a-kind design for this unique steakhouse and grill.
What our customers are saying
Our staff and partners enjoyed working with Ramiro and his team, finding them easy to communicate with, open to trying new things, and responsive to feedback from all of the project participants. Topa is a reliable, flexible, and community-minded firm that helped downtown San Jose realize a wonderful project.
Scott Knies, CEO
San Jose Downtown Association
TOPA has gone way beyond my expectations in the quality, response, and most importantly execution. They are a team-minded group and have been great to work with contractors and clients alike. If you want to get anything done in a timely manner that involves permits, go with TOPA.
Father Joe Kim, Pastor
Saint John Vianney Parish + School
Working with TOPA has been an excellent experience. TOPA puts a great level of detail into being a great partner throughout the entire process from start to finish. TOPA’s experienced team consistently worked with great success through the ever changing construction development, permitting and design stages.
Adam Tafralis, Business Development Specialist
South Bay Construction
I had the pleasure of working with Topa Architecture on private and public property projects that serve surrounding communities. They had a mindful, informative and timely approach to navigating the City approvals process and worked with our team to fit within our budget and timeline. They patiently collaborated with us and our contractors to answer questions, resolve issues and transform our wish list into thoughtful spatial solutions for meaningful interaction in public space.
Marie Millares, Facility Director
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Parisa, Geno, Jorge & Ramiro. We went to TOPA Architecture because of their reputation for time efficiency, great work quality, and excellent communication. Jorge and his team have helped us stay on schedule with our ongoing complex and fast-paced projects.
Javier Canales, Facilities Project Manager