The L.A.Weekly profiles Kris Keith, one of the city’s most popular restaurant designers who is responsible for the brick and wood interior of Echo Park’s Mohawk Bend. Keith, not known as a shy guy, takes credit for prodding Mohawk Bend owner Tony Yannow to build out a giant 10,000-square-foot restaurant and brew pub instead of a more modest 2,000-square foot eatery. Mohawk Bend is designed with Echo Park in mind, Keith told the Weekly:
Keith used exposed plywood for everything from tables to toilets, evoking the DIY spirit of the starving-artist customers he wanted to attract. “I can see going into somebody’s apartment in Echo Park, and they would have a plywood couch,” he says.
Keith also built the Hindu-inspired style interior of Naya, the recently remodeled Silver Lake restaurant, and convinced the owners to make their Indian food less ethnic and more mainstream, said the Weekly. The result are samosas stuffed with nacho cheese.