El Torito Grill


Kurzman Architecture was hired by Real Mex Restaurants of California, the largest Mexican restaurant company franchise in North America, to help transform their seafood restaurant into an upscale Mexican restaurant in record time. The scope of work included evaluating and updating the existing site to meet current handicap accessibility requirements while also maintaining required parking lot counts of the correct mix. Working closely with local code officials, Kurzman Architecture was able to obtain the building, health, and fire department approvals within two weeks by scheduling pre-permit meetings with each department head to review the project and come to an understanding of problem areas and how to solve them prior to submitting the documents. The construction included new accessible exterior ramps, parking lot repair and re-striping, exterior facade repair and renovation including new windows, new painted color scheme and reconfigured sun room access to the outdoor seating area to meet code requirements. The interior renovation included new configurations of the kitchen per the change in menu and central feature bar with custom guava plant ironwork, under-lit translucent “fire” bar top, and new soffit and lighting work as well as an all new finish decor package to complete the change over to this upscale concept.