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2337 Broadway, Oakland

For this restaurant and bar buildout, Black Creek teamed up with Oakland restauranteur Chris Pastena, famous for Chop Bar and Lungomare, to construct Calavera, an upscale Oaxacan-style Mexican restaurant in Uptown’s new Hive development, a mixed-use urban micro-community offering spaces for eating, drinking, meeting, shopping and living.


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As many of the finishes had not been determined in advance, Black Creek had the opportunity to play a larger role in finessing final details. Highlights include the hand-finished custom leather bar top and clear epoxy table-tops, a display wall for tequila and mescal, accessible by sliding library ladder, an indoor wood-burning grill for cooking fresh tortillas, and extensive lighting designs and controls engineered to meet California’s latest Title-24 Energy Conservation codes. Along the back wall shines the image of a calavera (the restaurant’s namesake, Spanish for skull) constructed of light and shadow.

Check out this cool timelapse video of the construction: 





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