“We wanted to create a European square feel,” says co-owner Tyler Casey. “The restaurant is designed with a large patio between two small buildings. We tried to conserve as much of the existing older buildings as possible. It originally was a used-car lot.”
The structure has since been transformed into a Spanish-style motel, or “Hotel Madrid,” as the sign reads. Dallas’ Coeval Studio handled the branding and structural redesign of La Zona. Inside, find an extensive art collection as tasty as the menu covering every inch of the restaurant’s walls. Behind the bar, see old-fashioned room keys hanging below the word "lobby" in major Grand Budapest fashion. Casey describes the space as “a Spanish design with quirky flairs throughout.”
Wash it all down with a pitcher of red or white Sangria and the popular Barcelona-brewed lager, Estrella Damm on draft. Cop a glass of cava (sparkling Spanish wine) and meet Champagne's evil twin. For dessert, don’t skip the flan.
Next door, find another tiny, whitewashed building: Saint Sofia. This churrería serves warm cinnamon treats and churro ice cream sandwiches as well as a variety of coffees and Italian sodas made with Topo Chico.
“We have a large cinema wall on the patio where we show old Bruce Lee, Charlie Chaplin and Hitchcock films,” Casey says.
He says the space was also created with families, dog lovers and couples in mind.
La Zona, 1264 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth