The new location for Carnitas' is an exercise in simplicity and function. Clean linear banquette seating of white powder coated steel serves to frame the space and provides a barrier for the extents of the restaurant. All seating elements were designed with minimal structure to allow for unobstructed views of the Bay from Harbor Drive. The design employs foundational elements from its previous locations (striated wood elements, pig-themed graphics, natural vegetation) that are blended with site-specific cues from cruise ships, sails, and maritime activities. Pristine white plate-steel against a backdrop of blue water speaks of San Diego's waterfront. Patrons familiar with Carnitas' other locations can sense the similar communal feel of the space but with an clean updated material palette. The view to the waterfront is the primary draw for the restaurant (other than their delicious menu) and so all seats have a clear view of the water. In addition, the over-sized bar area invites patrons to linger and enjoy the view while dining/drinking. Allowing the restaurant to blend into the surrounding concourse starts to redefine how outdoor restaurant seating is dictated.
Photography by Lyudmila Zotova