Zia Diner

Posted on September 7, 2020

Life is often a series of cyclical quirks. In 1988, David moved to Santa Fe and worked as a waiter at Zia Diner. Years later, it came time for Zia to manifest its inner evolution, and they tapped David to spearhead the renovations.

Southwest meets Art-deco in this design remodel mashup. Thick plaster columns surround the seating area, their sandy stripes stamped with mesmerizing metallic diamonds. Understated iron handrails act as sleek, stylized partitions. Exposed rafters—a remnant from the diner’s time as an auto shop—mirror the dark wood molding.