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Dru Schwyhart

Dru Schwyhart

Denver, CO, US

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Mountain Standard Restaurant - Vail

Mountain Standard was conceived as a complimentary dining experience to the existing renowned Sweet Basil restaurant in Vail Village, CO.  The owners desired a new space that emphasized a more primal sensory experience of cooking with a wood fired open flame.

The primary goal was to provide a casual dining experience, while still retaining the same high level of quality found at Sweet Basil. Since the existing building is unique to Vail Village in being inherently modern, we tried to stay consistent with the clean lines while using a palette of rustic textures. To accomplish this, reclaimed wood and rusted steel will be used in the space, as well as large glass doors that will give patrons an intimate connection to the outdoors.

In the summer, a 21-foot wide by 8-foot tall sliding glass patio door will completely open up the restaurant into the patio, but the window transparency created by it will also enhance the dining experience by providing an intimate view of Gore Creek just beyond the park.

The  restaurant will feature, among other things, a 32-foot long quartz bar-top, open display kitchen with wood fired rotisserie and grille, loose dining chairs made from recycled plastic Coca Cola bottles, walnut table tops and cabinetry, and dark hot-rolled steel and local sandstone exterior wall panels.

Focused on cooking over an open fire, Mountain Standard will open early December and will offer lunch, après and dinner.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Vail, CO, US
My Role: Architect

 
Alongside Gore Creek Path
Alongside Gore Creek Path
Patio
Patio
Main Dining Room
Main Dining Room
View from Bar
View from Bar
Bar Dining Room
Bar Dining Room
Cooking with wood fired flame
Cooking with wood fired flame
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Rendering-Exterior View of Gore Creek
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Rendering-Exterior View from Northeast
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Rendering-Interior View of Bar
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Rendering-Interior View from host stand