Bells & Whistles

Bells & Whistles

Los Angeles, CA


Broken Spanish

Broken Spanish Los Angeles

Broken Spanish comes to life with colorful tiles and wood-wrapped interiors that show off Chef Ray Garcia’s restaurant’s upscale casual sensibility located in Downtown Los Angeles.

Broken Spanish is designed to inspire the adventurous and sophisticated eater while welcoming them with the living-room like qualities of your favorite abuelita.  

Broken Spanish is deeply devoted to a homey Mexican-American décor and offers a variety of dining experiences, from easy going two and four-tops in the main room to elevated, communal-style seating running along the center. In homage to traditional Mexican dining, a Carrera marble bar puts customers in intimate proximity to the kitchen, while patio space and another glass-lined room filled with Mexican pottery provides comfortable banquettes and long tables for large groups. 

The deep matte blue ceiling in the Abuela Room cools down the otherwise bright and lively space. Vintage knick-knack cabinets house authentic handmade Mexican wares. To keep an essence of movement in the space, the corner room windows open out to the street and meet the dual sidewalk patio dining area. An original design, the patio windows flip halfway down to become tables.

Sandblasted Brazilian marble floors create depth and add a balanced contrast to the “tin” textured ceiling in the main dining room. A decorative cinder block wall is adorned with hanging plants in a nod to indoor-outdoor eating. Handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramic chandeliers were custom made for the space, and hang above bar seating. A life-size fiberglass cow painted in reds, pinks, blues, yellows, and greens hangs in the men’s restroom, adding visual playfulness.  

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Status: Built
Location: Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA.
Firm Role: Designer
Additional Credits: Aero Collective, Lead Architects