Proud Mary Cafe

NE Portland, OR

Proud Mary Cafe is the first international expansion of an Australian cafe and coffee brand established in 2009. The owner wanted his first Portland location to provide a unique cafe experience emphasizing the coffee bar while also providing sit-down dining with kitchen activity visible to patrons.

The challenge for this 2,500 square foot design was incorporating prominence and visibility for both the kitchen and the bar within a long, narrow space while still providing enough seating in a variety of configurations and room for circulation around the existing column structure. The solution takes advantage of the existing L-shaped space, allowing the kitchen to pop through to the dining area. The layout establishes nodes of different activities and dining experiences within the space to create variety and playfulness.