Hot Mama's Kitchen + Wings
Oakway Center, Eugene
2017 AIA / SWO People's Choice Award
Hot Mama's Kitchen + Bar is a 2,700-square-foot space with a 12-seat teak wood bar, a 90-seat dining room, a 40-seat mezzanine level open for dining and private events, and a 20-seat outdoor area with doors opening onto the patio. Owners Michael and Angie Marzano wanted a look that would reflect their brand and personal style while showcasing their deep commitment to Eugene and their love for the community. They decided on a design that is hip, upscale, and family friendly, with ties into Eugene’s sports lore.
Like their commitment to local and sustainable fare on the menu, the Marzanos had a similar approach to their interior. The teak bar features reclaimed wood, the accent tile is made with recycled content and the contractor used low VOC paints, sealants and adhesives for better indoor air quality. The booths, tables, and much of the kitchen equipment have been salvaged from past restaurants and updated. The exhaust venting system in the kitchen recaptures heat from the stove and includes a variable speed fan to limit energy use. LED light fixtures are used throughout the restaurant, and a neon sign announces Bar’s Open for years to come.