We were incredibly excited to be involved with this project, and remember the days when this neighborhood was dominated by the recycling plant and train tracks! The RiNo (River North) district has become a place where creative agencies and art galleries set roots, bringing plenty of hipsters in tow. This project involved construction of a new building from the ground up, positioned at the entrance of the neighborhood. The desired vibe for Los Chingones was part neighborhood bar, part Mexican cantina, a casual, drop-in place for the community. The taquería has two levels featuring the first roof-top deck. Xan was inspired by the colors of Mexico, hokey Mexican restaurants, the industrial history of the area, and simple, inexpensive construction materials.
“I really appreciated Xan’s ability at being the middle man between myself (the owner) and the general contractor. Things can get missed, and Melissa’s passion for my project ensured that those details were brought to my attention. Working with other designers, I hadn’t seen that before, and that really helped me out.”
— Troy Guard