Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

The crew behind Superbaba came to us inspired to make the best damn pita bread in the area. They looked to us to create a space that supplemented their desire to offer high quality, quick-service Middle Eastern cuisine. We as a studio enjoyed getting to the bottom of what inspired the four owners to come together to bring this concept to the PNW. What intrigued us most was everyone’s individual inspiration for this concept.

Everything from ‘The Dallah Menu’s’ family history in Lebanon, the interest in the more ‘grungy’ signage found on every fast-casual storefront in the Middle East, and the aesthetic of over-saturated food photography typically seen there. Our goal was to marry these sources of inspirations into an artful space that would be at once intriguing and inviting.
The interiors of Superbaba reference the strong arch motifs in traditional Middle Eastern architecture as well as quirky details found in diners and eateries.

This nod to the traditional is offset with bold, contemporary colors of varying shades of blues, greens and pinks painted on the walls and used in the counter, shelving, and seating millwork. Plants, hand painted signage and warm lighting create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. The large Superbaba neon sign along with the light boxes on the exterior reference the neon seen everywhere in fast-casual spots in the Middle East.

How would you characterize the interior?
Casual, thoughtfully referenced and a bit quirky. We hope this space creates as much conversation as we know the food will.

Can you talk a bit about the materials you chose?
The choice to use a blue speckled quartzite for the countertop, the off-white textured walls and the warm wood tones came from referencing the details found in every grandmother's home in Lebanon. Used in non-traditional applications and intentional placements, these materials feel relevant and new in Superbaba.

Who is the lighting by?
It was important to bring the ceiling ‘down’ in this space so we decided to fill this void with oversized globes at varying sizes and heights (lights from Viso lighting). Again another gesture to mid-century design evident in the Middle East.

What about the art? Who is it by?
All of the artwork in the space is collaged and created by Studio Roslyn. This was where we had a lot of fun with referencing the oversaturated (and seemingly unflattering) food photography seen in most donair shops. We took photos of the food off of the menu at Superbaba and created a ‘surrealist’ version of people engaging with this food. Humorous and bold was the goal.

What was the biggest challenge of this project and what do you think the success of the project is?
Creating a comfortable and intriguing space that was at once functional proved an interesting challenge. Working within a relatively small budget, we had to be very creative with materials and how we articulated the details. This meant working with typical utilitarian details and actualizing them in a more deliberate and artful way. We feel that one success of this project is that it elevates and pushes the expectations of quick-service, fast-casual restaurants. This excites us! We feel our job is to push peoples expectations of a space and push our client’s businesses to a place they thought not possible.

Studio Roslyn

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×

Photographer: Lauren D Zbarsky

Superbaba by Studio Roslyn | Restaurant interiors ×