In 2004, Zazio's opened as a modern Italian style restaurant where the food is the entertainment. The restaurant is located in the Radisson Plaza Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo. This one of a kind space includes a dining room, demonstration kitchen, bar, a patio for outdoor dining and a retail store. Zazio's offers a gourmet menu, unique interior elements, and an exciting space plan with bold furniture and finishes.
The owner charged SKP Design with the task of creating a new signature restaurant, which would become a destination for downtown nightlife. The client’s objectives included that the space reflect an urban atmosphere, be colorful, contemporary, dramatic and bold. The demonstration kitchen and pizza oven were to be a central interactive feature of the restaurant.
Upon entering, you feel the energy of the space as the bold colors draw you into the dining room. The open kitchen allows the sounds and smells of the exquisite Italian creations to flow into the rest of the space. The demonstration kitchen features a twelve person party booth centered on a custom cooking space where the feature chef prepares, instructs and serves a five-course meal. SKP Design commissioned local artist Lynette Baber to create a custom decorative hand painted tile mural to wrap the front of the chef’s cooking island.
The lighting throughout the space was designed and specified by internationally renowned lighting designer, Gary Steffy. The LED lighting changes scenes every ten minutes, leading you through the space into the bar, where a modern steel and glass sculpture is displayed. SKP Design commissioned the piece by local artists Michelle Zorich and Judy Konesni. Michelle Zorich of Things of Steel also created the signage for the restaurant.