Capitol Hill, Seattle
It’s called Poquitos, which translates as “a little bit,” but there’s nothing little or low-key about it.
The space that now houses Poquitos was once a part of the REI store that used to be located between Pike and Pine at 11th. In 1996, when the new flagship REI store opened downtown, the space was converted for use as office space. Located at the heart of the Pike/Pine Corridor, the space is an obvious choice for development as a restaurant/bar so, when it again became available, James Weimann and Deming Maclise set the development process in motion. Mike Skidmore of Skidmore Architects provided a floor plan and from there design was developed collaboratively on site. James and Deming had picked up a number of reclaimed items during their travels – including wrought iron pieces, lighting elements, a pair of gothic doors, and enough hand painted Mexican tile to add warmth and color to even the greyest of Seattle winters. Mētis collaborated closely with James and Deming working to restore the various reclaimed pieces and to incorporate them into the design. One of the decorative wrought iron pieces was used to cap a unique back bar consisting of three wood columns carved out to accommodate bottles of top shelf tequila; a custom radiused jam was fabricated for the gothic door set; brick tile was added to old wood timber columns; and tiles.. lots of tiles… were added to the newly fabricated arches and just about any other surface that could take a tile.