Located inside River Heights’ iconic 1950s Sinclair gas station, Nourish is a plant-based neighborhood café that serves breakfast, lunch, and local flavor to enrich the surrounding community. The café encourages healthy eating and green living by offering plant-based menu items sourced from local farms and by celebrating the elegance of plant life through art and design.
Due to this building’s memorable role in the community, the design links the past with the present. The café features urban black and white themes with pops of historic Sinclair green. The black and white photographs and molded plastic Eames chairs reinforce the 1950’s precedent and connect the historic exterior with its new interior. The black and white tile design creates rhythm from modern trends while also being reminiscent of ‘50s era class. The dining area’s 15-foot ceiling, white walls, and natural light create an open expansive feel that demonstrates a refreshing use of white space, scale, and emphasis. The use of live plants throughout the café continues the theme of balance through contrasting textures: hard and soft, rough and smooth. These themes also continue through the space’s ironic repurpose. In the past, this Sinclair served as a social center in River Heights by providing fossil fuels and convenient treats. The design empathetically continues this tradition by offering the community a center to gather while they enjoy locally crafted refreshments and fuel their electric vehicles in the parking lot’s charging terminals. This vintage Sinclair gas station turned modern café is about giving back to earth and community. It will be a sweet addition to the neighborhood, reminding the residents of their history and bringing them together in fun and unique ways.