Inspired by the project’s name — Picaro — which is Spanish for “rogue” or “vagabond,” FRANK created a playful and eclectic space by adding layers of detail to create a memorable experience. Coloured glazing, patterned tile tabletops, rope detailing on banquettes and playful metal window details inform this Latin-inspired taqueria with a social air that transitions from day to night with ease.
The design is imbued with the grit of Latin American street culture by the addition of plaster walls, concrete floors, brass lighting, arched millwork, and handmade tile, and combines with ornate details reminiscent of whimsical, traditional Spanish architecture. Intimate pockets of seating are created by an L-shaped bar while an open kitchen and chef’s bar gives the space an approachable feeling. The private dining room, with its colourful glazing and unique details, provides an intimate nook perfect for special gatherings.
The rich palette and layers of coloured glass that illuminate at night create a retreat from the cold winter months in Saskatoon; however, every last bit of the city’s sunshine and warm weather are utilized by overhead garage-style patio doors that open up, adding to the celebratory Latin air.