Mission Taco Soulard
908 Lafayette Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104
Not a year after designing the inaugural Mission Taco Joint on Delmar Boulevard, Adam and Jason Tilford challenged SPACE to create the same festive, casual atmosphere in their newest location in Soulard. Led by Tom Niemeier, the design team worked to preserve and enhance the former warehouse’s original architectural features, including exposed brick, tin ceiling, skylights, and overhead doors in what would be the dining room.
To create more intimate, cozy spaces within the large restaurant, the team designed and built a canopy from reclaimed 150-year-old wood around the centrally-located bar. This separated different groups of diners while maintaining the vibrant flow of energy in the restaurant. The team selected different chairs for the small seating area next to the front garage door to create another unique sense of place within the bustling restaurant.
I have worked with SPACE on all Mission Taco Joint stores. They helped me create the architecture which embodies the brand MTJ, and helped lead to our success. I like working with them because of our productive collaboration to continue to improve our store, both functionally and aesthetically. For our latest MTJ-Kirkwood, by far our largest location, I used SPACE both for design and construction. It is without a doubt our most beautifully detailed MTJ.